President's Cancer Panel: More teens should receive HPV vaccine
8:03 AM, Feb 10, 2014
WASHINGTON (WXYZ) - The President's Cancer Panel says more teens should be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
In a report issued Monday, the panel calls on doctors to take a stronger role in recommending teens receive the vaccine.
HPV is a sexually-transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in both men and women.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been recommending teen girls and boys receive the vaccine, but the panel found many teens and parents are ignoring the advice.
Only about one-third of girls and 7 percent of boys have received all recommended doses of the vaccine, the panel found.
Some parents have been hesitant to give vaccines to their children because of their beliefs that vaccines can lead to future health problems, including autism.
The President's Cancer Panel says doctors should do more to stress the importance of the HPV vaccine. The panel believes many doctors are presenting the vaccine as optional, instead of strongly recommending it.
The panel is also asking the president to voice his support for vaccinating teens against HPV.