The Federation of Medical Women of Canada Launches Canada's Second HPV Prevention Week
OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Today marks the first day of HPV Prevention Week. Launched in 2017 through the stewardship of The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) and collaboration partners including the SOGC, Public
The second annual week continues to raise awareness and endorse educational activities aimed at promoting HPV immunization as the first step in the fight against HPV infection and six types of cancer.
"Cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers in females and males can now be prevented! We know that PAP tests are excellent for early detection in girls and women, but I am excited about the goal of prevention, not just early detection, by immunizing girls and boys," remarks Dr. Vivien Brown, Board Member of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada and a family doctor.
Although the World Health Organization recommends both boys and girls be vaccinated, only Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States offer the vaccination to both boys and girls. This year's education campaign will focus the discussion on male immunization and the continued importance of screening and immunization beyond the age of 25.
The FMWC wants people to know that HPV-related cancers are preventable with immunization and has created a page where you can find links to resources and websites with other educational materials regarding HPV, what it is and how to fight it.
Cervical cancer, and the five other cancers linked to HPV, can be prevented with HPV immunization. The best time to receive the vaccination is before sexual activity begins, which is why school-aged children are targeted. And although HPV vaccinations began with girls, HPV is not a female-only virus. Recent data shows that more than 3,500 Canadians – a third of them males – are diagnosed annually. That's why boys are now getting the vaccination.
"We are pleased to be marking HPV Awareness week. We are raising awareness because it is the first step to protect Canadian men and women from a preventable cancer," says Dr. Jennifer Blake, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. "The World Health Organization has set its sights on the elimination of cervical cancer. We can do this in Canada by three simple steps-prevention- vaccination, early detection- screening, and early treatment. But it all begins with awareness, and the sharing of reliable information."
HPV Prevention week (#HPVPW18) is October 1-7, 2018 with a mission to educate Canadians about HPV prevention. Join the conversation and share what you learn using #CANADAvsHPV.
As part of the 2018 education week, Canadians are asked to raise awareness about prevention and take shots against HPV in the most Canadian way possible – with a hockey stick and puck.
Participating in the challenge is simple and only requires a few steps:
Made possible through the support of Merck Canada Inc. The opinions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Merck Canada Inc.
About FMWCThe Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization committed to the professional, social and personal advancement of women physicians and to the promotion of the well-being of women both in the medical profession and in society at large. Established in 1924, the FMWC is also an independent nation member of the Medical Women's International Association. For more information, please visit: www.fmwc.ca
SOURCE Federation for Medical Women of Canada
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