HPV (human Papillomavirus) infects 6M people a year. Based on a chart from USA Today on 10/26/11, the annual cases of HPV-related cancers are:
- 12,200 Cervical
- 7,100 Throat / Tongue / Tonsil
- 4,200 Anal
- 1,500 Vulvar
- 500 Vaginal
- 400 Penile
About a month ago, a federal advisory panel recommended that all 11-12 year old girls AND boys should be routinely vaccinated against HPV. This requires 3 shots which cost about $100-$130 each.
Based on data from the article, only 44% of girls have received the first shot and only 27% have received all three shots. Only 1.5% of boys have historically been vaccinated according to the CDC.
You can find out more on the Kaiser site about HPV. This is an educational issue, a compliance issue, and ultimately there is a need to get people who start the vaccination process to finish the process.