The American Cancer Society's Mission: HPV Cancer Free

Sunday, July 21st

On June 8, 2006, the FDA approved a cancer prevention vaccine that helps protect against six types of cancer.  It was one of the greatest breakthroughs of our time.

13 years later, only 44.4%  of Missouri kids ages 13-17 have had the two dose recommended vaccinations.  This means that a huge number of millennials who could have been protected against certain cancers were not.

The American Cancer Society is engaging in Mission: HPV Cancer Free, a public health campaign to eliminate vaccine-preventable HPV cancers, starting with cervical cancer. The goal is to reach an annual vaccination rate of 80% of 13-year-olds in the United States by 2026.

Maggie Grotefendt, Sr. Manager, Health Systems - American Cancer Society and Dr. Timothy Lackey, Department Chair of Pediatrics - SSM Health talked to Jill Devine about this important mission.