02.03.2021 – 11:00
German cancer aid
Bonn / Heidelberg (ots)
An appointment for an HPV vaccination is made quickly: a quick call to the pediatrician or family doctor is enough. In addition, vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) protects not only against the viruses themselves, but also against cancers that may arise as a result of the infection. And yet too few children and young people in Germany receive the protective injection. For HPV Awareness Day on March 4, the German Cancer Research Center and German Cancer Aid are appealing to all parents not to miss this important opportunity for cancer prevention.
“All of Germany is currently hoping that we will achieve protective herd immunity as soon as possible through rapid coronary vaccinations,” said Professor Dr. Michael Baumann, director of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). “But with HPV vaccination, we’ve had this great opportunity for years and we’re not taking advantage of it.”
Here Baumann refers to the HPV vaccination rates in Germany, which are low compared to countries like Sweden or Australia. Just 43 percent of 15-year-old girls are fully vaccinated. This means that Germany is still a long way from comprehensive protection against carcinogenic human papillomaviruses, which is only given at a vaccination rate of at least 70 percent.
In Germany alone, an estimated 7,700 people are diagnosed with HPV-related cancer each year – mainly cervical cancer. The viruses also cause cancer in the mouth and throat, in the anus and in the male genital area. Vaccination against carcinogenic human papillomaviruses has been recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14 since 2018 (missed vaccinations can be made until the age of 17). It protects women against cervical cancer and both women and men from the other cancers caused by HPV.
The DKFZ and the German cancer aid have therefore chosen the topic of “vaccination against cancer” as the focus of this year’s National Cancer Prevention Week from 13 to 17 September. Numerous initiatives are planned with which the two organizations want to motivate both parents and young people to benefit from the HPV vaccination.
Given the current Covid 19 infection rates, most people are convinced of the need and benefits of a coronary vaccination. However, HPV-related cancers usually appear only decades after infection with the virus. For many, this threat remains abstract and motivates action not immediately.
“We therefore want to use the positive attention that vaccination is currently receiving and remind people that vaccinations are also an important part of cancer prevention,” says Gerd Nettekoven, director of Deutsche Krebshilfe. “Many are unaware that HPV vaccination can protect children and adolescents from developing cancer in adulthood.”
Human papilloma viruses (HPV) are widespread and infect both women and men. They are often transmitted during the first sexual contact. Almost every person becomes infected with the virus over the course of their lives – which means that the infection is not normally detected and disappears on its own. Currently, 12 of the more than 200 HPV types hitherto known are classified as carcinogenic.
Provide individual information about HPV vaccination:
– the German Cancer Aid INFONETZ cancer (toll-free number: 0800/80708877)
– The Cancer Research Service of the German Cancer Research Center (toll-free telephone number: 0800 – 420 30 40).
What are the obstacles that prevent the implementation of the vaccination recommendations in Germany? What solutions are there? The DKFZ Cancer Prevention Unit provides information here: https://www.dkfz.de/de/krebspraevention/AdWfdP_2020_Imichtung-gegen-HPV-Infektions.pdf
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Original content by: Deutsche Krebshilfe, transmitted by current news