In 2013, the phenomenal achievements of our inaugural NOMEN helped us surpass our fundraising goal and raise over $1 million. The effort funded our joint $1.2 million HPV research grant with Stand Up to Cancer and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. Since 2013, the proceeds from NOMAN has continued to fund groundbreaking research and support for patients and prevention efforts.
Funding research into HPV eradication is crucial given that we now know the virus is associated with multiple types of cancer, inclusive of penile, anal and oropharyngeal cancers. Each year, about 33,200 HPV-associated cancers are diagnosed in the United States alone – 2/3 in women and 1/3 in men. In the UK it is estimated that HPV causes about 5,000 new cancer cases a year in women and 2,100 in men. The NOMAN campaign and its supporters understand the lifesaving potential of research aimed at eliminating this virus, and every single contribution to this endeavor makes a difference. We are thrilled at what the NOMEN have been able to achieve, and with continued support this is only just the beginning!
The NOMAN campaign also aims to raise awareness about male vaccination in the UK, which currently only offers the vaccine to females. Join the NOMEN in their efforts by signing our HPVAction petition to ask the government to include males in the vaccination program here. In the US, where vaccination is recommended for both boys and girls, we continue to raise awareness about the importance of increasing the immunization rates.