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Please Sign Assemblywoman Jaffe's Letter to Support HPV Vaccination Education
Dear [Decision Maker],
Thanks to advances in research there is now a vaccine that protects against cancers caused by HPV. To increase HPV vaccination rates, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network strongly recommends improving provider education and community outreach. As your constituent, I'm asking you to sign Assemblywoman Jaffe's letter calling for $500,000 for this education effort.
According to the CDC, the HPV vaccine could prevent 28,500 new cancers per year. Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Some types of HPV are known for causing cancer. HPV causes most cases of cervical cancer, as well as many vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the throat and tongue). On average, 2,375 New York State residents are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer each year, nearly two-thirds of whom are women. Yet, there is a vaccine is readily available.
Unfortunately, one-third of parents/guardians of girls and over half of parents/guardians of boys do not receive an HPV vaccination recommendation from their provider. Research indicates that having a strong, quality provider recommendation is crucial to parental acceptance of vaccinations for their children. Please sign Assemblywoman Jaffe's letter calling for $500,000 for HPV provider education and community outreach.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]