OTTAWA, March 2, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - On Sunday 4 March, the Canadian Public Health Association, HPV Awareness, and the Federation of Medical Womenof Canada, will be joining forces with over 80 organizations worldwide to mark the first international HPV awareness day. The goal of the day is to spark conversation and promote a worldwide exchange of ideas, knowledge,
Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are sexually transmitted viruses that are very common worldwide. There are more than 200 different HPV types, 80% of people will have HPV at some point in their lifetime and while for many it will cause no harm, some types of HPV are known to cause certain cancers such as cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancer.
Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women; in Canada, cervical cancer accounts for 2% of all new cancer cases in women while the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased by about 50% between 2000 and 2012.
International HPV Awareness Day is led by the International Papillomavirus Society and this year the campaign message is Give Love, Not HPV.
For more information about International HPV Awareness Day visit www.givelovenothpv.org
QUOTES"Within 10 years of HPV vaccine availability in Canada, four provinces were able to demonstrate decreased number of infection, genital warts and pre-cancerous lesion of the cervix. Despite clear evidence that the HPV vaccine is very safe, a recent study indicates that a third of young Canadians are not receiving the benefits of being vaccinated against HPV."
Dr. Marc Steben, Medical Advisor, STI unit, Québec national public health institute
"We have the tools to prevent HPV. Currently, four on five Canadians will be affected by this virus in their lifetime; we can help fix this through more education. People need to be aware they come into contact with this virus through any skin to skin contact when they go below the belt with a partner. Instead of dealing with the consequences of this virus, be proactive and get the HPV vaccine."
Teresa Norris, Founding President of HPV Awareness
"When I was 27, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I could not have imagined all the hardships that I was going to have to overcome. Overnight my life was literally turned around. I have been impacted in every area of my life; physically, psychologically, and financially. Now I am 35, and feel fortunate to still be alive. If only I had been informed about this virus earlier."
Marie-Elaine Gervais, member of HPV Awareness
"When I was a boy, the HPV vaccine did not exist. If it had existed, my mother, who was Registered Nurse, would have certainly vaccinated me, my brother and my three sisters, and I would have been saved the suffering of the treatment for a stage-4 HPV-related cancer and the health care system would have been spared the considerable cost of the treatment. There should be no stigma associated with HPV-related conditions or cancer; it can happen to virtually anyone."
The Honourable Peter Kent, MP Spokesperson for HPV Awareness
"How exciting it is to be able to have a vaccine that not merely prevents infection, but actually significantly reduces the risk of various cancers. In Canada, we offer this vaccine to both boys and girls in the school system through the publically funded programs! Let's remember, however, that risk of disease does not stop at a certain age. We need to be educated, well informed and proactive, and prevent HPV at any age to both genders. Let's talk about cancer prevention. Let's eradicate HPV!
Dr. Vivien Brown, Chair, HPV Prevention Week 2018 Past President, Federation of Medical Women of Canada
"We believe love is the foundation of a happy and healthy life. Whether it's familial love, love between friends or romantic love, it is important that we look after and protect the people we care about."
Dr. Silvia De San José, President, International Papillomavirus Society
SOURCE Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)
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