Prepping for back-to-school means protecting your kids from cancer, too.

Prepping for back-to-school means buying new supplies, clothes, and backpacks, but it’s also time to make sure your children are protected from cancer. This fall, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is reminding parents that making sure girls and boys ages 11-12 receive the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine should be part of the back-to-school routine.

ACS is leading Mission: HPV Cancer Free, a campaign to eliminate vaccine-preventable HPV cancers, starting with cervical cancer. “Our goal is to increase vaccination rates, currently under 50%, to 80% by 2026, which marks 20 years after the introduction of the HPV vaccine,” Allison Tyler, executive director of American Cancer Society Mississippi. Through a combination of vaccination, screening, and treatment of precancers, we can eliminate cervical cancer in the United States, with other vaccine-preventable HPV cancers to follow.”

The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. A good first step for parents is to talk to your child’s doctor. Click here to learn more about HPV and the HPV vaccine. For more information or to request an expert interview about the importance of the HPV vaccine, please feel free to contact me.