Allison Grimes, M.D., MSCI, Awarded $999K CPRIT Grant to Study “Expansion of HPV Vaccination Among Survivors of Childhood Cancer”

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to cause most cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers, and a large proportion of vaginal, vulvar, and penile malignancies. Every year nearly 39,000 new cases of HPV-related cancers are diagnosed in the United States alone. This incidence has persisted for nearly a decade following the launch of the HPV vaccine in 2006, and in fact, is rising with continued poor HPV vaccine uptake. In 2016, only 43% of females and 32% of males completed the 3-dose series, and rates in Texas are even lower, where HPV-related malignancies are highest among the state’s predominately Hispanic population. Thus, HPV vaccine initiatives targeting in Texas are critical, beginning with … Read Full Text

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