Cervical Cancer Essay

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Background/Significance It is estimated that 79 million Americans are currently infected with a strand of Human Papilloma virus (HPV), and that 14 million Americans become infected annually (CDC HPV Questions and Answers, 2016). HPV was discovered in 1979 when HPV-16 and HPV-18 were found to be linked to cervical cancer (Hausen, n.d.). Every year 27 million Americans get cancer from HPV (CDC What Is HPV, 2016). Cancers associated with HPV whose rates were larger than the mean U.S. rate (11.7 per 100,000) were located in the Southern United States(CDC MMWR, 2016). The morbidity and mortality rates for cervical cancer caused by HPV in the United States are 8.1 and 2.4 per 100,000 respectively; worldwide the mortality rate for cervical…show more content…
The cost annually for HPV infections up to age 24 is $2.8 billion for females and $62 million for males (Chesson, Blanford, Gift, Tao, & Irwin, 2016). Alternatively, the cost of the HPV vaccine range from $130-150 per shot, totaling $390-$450 for the vaccine series (Understanding HPV Vaccines, n.d.). The Vaccine for Children Program includes the HPV vaccine for males and females up to age 18, and the HPV vaccine is covered by most insurance (Understanding HPV Vaccines, n.d.).
The aim of this study is to determine if HPV vaccine compliance is increased when presented to the patient and guardian as a cancer vaccine instead of a STD vaccine. This will be a quantitative study focusing on boys and girls age 11-26 with a comparison control group. The purpose is to determine the rates of HPV vaccination depending on the wording used to present the HPV vaccine to patient and parent by the health care practitioner.

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