On March 4—International HPV Awareness Day—Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act (H.R. 1550), which AACI has endorsed. We encourage cancer centers to reach out to their congressional delegations with our customizable advocacy letter to request that they co-sponsor and support the bill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly 36,000 cases of cancer each year stem from six types of cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV). The legislation aims to increase vaccination rates and reduce disparities in early detection.
The PREVENT HPV Cancers Act would:
Create a national public awareness campaign under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate Americans on HPV-associated cancers and increase HPV vaccination rates, especially among males and communities most impacted by these cancers
Increase funding at the National Cancer Institute to expand, intensify, and coordinate research on HPV-associated cancers
Provide additional resources to improve states' immunization information systems
There is currently no Senate companion bill and only one co-sponsor in the House. Passage of the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act would be critical step in accomplishing the World Health Organization (WHO) goal to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030. AACI encourages you to contact your legislators to raise awareness of the bill and its important role in dramatically reducing the incidence of HPV-related cancers.
If you have any questions about the bill, please contact AACI Government Relations Manager Jaren Love.