A Vaccine Can Prevent Throat Cancer

Published 10/23/2020

Did you know Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causes 70% of throat cancers? And poor oral health is a risk factor.

People with oral HPV are more likely to rate their oral health as fair or poor. Researchers found that poor oral health is a risk factor of oral HPV infection.

Receiving both doses of the HPV vaccine can prevent more than 90% of the six types of cancers that this virus can cause. Health experts recommend HPV vaccination for girls and boys ages 11–12 years to protect against these cancers. Vaccination is also recommended for everyone through age 26, if they aren’t already vaccinated. 

Explore CareQuest Institute's visual report about how a vaccine can prevent throat cancer.