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HPV Roundtable at Lourdes Hospital June 12
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tammy Beckham will join physicians, community members, administrators and other stakeholders in a roundtable discussion June 12 concerning strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates in western Kentucky.

The free event takes place in the Borders Community Room of the Marshall Nemer Building on the campus of Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital.

The roundtable is a collaborative effort between the hospital and the American Cancer Society.  

Breakfast and registration begin at 7:45 a.m. before the program from 8:50-11:30 a.m.

HPV infections are so common that nearly all men and women will contract at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Nearly 80 million Americans are currently infected with approximately 14 million more contracting HPV annually according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While most HPV infections will go away within two years, it can persist and lead to certain types of cancer. According to the CDC, each year 33,700 cases of cancer can be attributed to HPV, which is why vaccination is important. Children can be protected from the development of HPV-related cancers through vaccinations at ages 11 and 12. Nationwide HPV vaccination rates are increasing but there is room for improvement, particularly in non-urban areas.

While attendance to this event is free and open to the public, registration is required. Register online by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hpv-vaccination-roundtable-paducah-ky-registration-61594407531?aff=HPVVacRoundTablePaducah.

Published 07:00 AM, Sunday Jun. 09, 2019
Updated 09:34 AM, Wednesday Jun. 05, 2019

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