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The New York Times’ women’s health advice columnist says the claim is not true, no matter what your mother says.
The vaccine is safe and effective against cancer-causing strains of HPV, and yet anti-vaccination misinformation campaigns have taken hold.
Widespread vaccination could potentially eliminate cervical, anal, oral and other HPV-related cancers.
By talking about her cancer, she hopes to help destigmatize it.
Human papillomavirus vaccine can prevent cervical, anal and oral cancers.
However, a recent randomized controlled trial found evidence that the vaccine may prevent oral infections in this population.
Known as HPV16, the strain of human papillomavirus is strongly associated with anal cancer.
New HPV vaccine protects against nine types of cancer-causing virus.
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