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You Could be One Vaccination Away from Preventing Cancer

Carolyn R. Aldigé HeadshotThe Hepatitis B vaccine prevents cancer. Take action. 

A guest post by Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder, Prevent Cancer Foundation

Parents want the best for their children and will do much to ensure that they live happy and healthy lives. However, statistics show that parents are missing the opportunity to protect their children against cancer.  This is why the “State of the ImmUnion” effort led by Every Child by Two is so important. The rates for vaccination against the hepatitis B virus in children need improvement, and the hepatitis B vaccine not only offers protection against the virus, but also, ultimately, prevents cancer.

Unfortunately, not enough people are aware of the connection between hepatitis B and liver cancer. In an effort to help save lives, the Prevent Cancer Foundation launched Think About the Link, an education campaign to raise awareness of the link between certain viruses and cancer, including hepatitis B and liver cancer, and how to prevent them.

TATL_CampaignBreakdown_May2016Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus.

Approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in this country have a chronic hepatitis B virus infection.  A transfer of the virus can occur from mother to child during birth. Transmission also can occur through bodily fluids from a person who has the virus; sexual contact; or through sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment. Over time, the virus can lead to serious liver conditions, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer. Liver cancer kills approximately 16,000 men and 7,000 women in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, the numbers continue to rise each year. However, through vaccination against the hepatitis B virus, the disease can be prevented.

Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended schedule for the hepatitis B vaccine to offer your child the greatest protection, since nearly 90 percent of infants who contract hepatitis B remain chronically infected, while only two to six percent of adults do.

The CDC recommends all children receive their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at birth and complete the three-to-four dose series between six and 18 months of age. Currently, only 72 percent of babies receive their first dose at birth.  We believe this percentage is not higher because parents are unaware the vaccine also prevents liver cancer.

According to a survey conducted by the Prevent Cancer Foundation, 67 percent of adults are unaware the hepatitis B vaccine can reduce the risk of liver cancer. Additionally, we found that only 27 percent of physicians and other health care providers use cancer prevention as a compliance strategy for this vaccine.

We can help more people think about the link between viruses and cancer.

If you are a health care provider, be sure to discuss the hepatitis B vaccine as a cancer prevention strategy with parents and other adults. If you are a parent whose child has not been vaccinated against the hepatitis B virus, make an appointment to talk with your doctor today.

Also, if you are an adult who has not received the hepatitis B vaccine, which became available in 1982, make an appointment with your health care provider to be screened and/or vaccinated. It is not too late. There are cancers that science has not yet discovered how to prevent; however, there are several types of the disease that we can avoid. Vaccinating against the hepatitis B virus is a proven method to prevent liver cancer.

For more information about Think About the Link and helpful resources on hepatitis B, visit the Prevent Cancer Foundation website.

Help spread the word about the link so we can Stop Cancer Before It Starts!

  1. Betty
    June 6, 2016 at 3:38 am

    But the fact is that with the increasing accidents and side effects caused by vaccine, some parents are refusing to get their children vaccinated. From the perspective of drug development (http://www.bocsci.com/Drug-design.html), it’s understandable that some tragedies would happen to some people with a tiny chance.


  2. Lawrence
    June 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Again, more anti-vax falsehoods there, Betty.


  3. Betty
    June 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

    I’m stating the fact not anti-vax falsehoods. What I mean is that we shouldn’t worry about the side effects as it will only happen to a very very tiny portion of people. That’s a little straightforward but is the truth. We won’t stop driving as there may be accidents on the road, right? Everything risks.


  4. Bryce Spooner
    June 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Lawrence is right Betty, it’s not a “tiny” chance of injury, it is much more common then they would have you think.


  5. Lawrence
    June 7, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Actually, the safety record for the HPV vaccine series is excellent.


  6. Bryce Spooner
    June 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Feel free to give it you your children. Good luck.


  7. Chris
    June 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    They are fine, and were protected from Hepatitis B as children, and from HPV as adults. If you wish to be taken seriously you would provide evidence for your claims in the form of PubMed indexed studies from reputable qualified researchers.


  8. Lawrence
    June 7, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    It will be done – and trust me, my mother is dying of cervical cancer from HPV…she wished she could have gotten vaccinated.


  9. Bryce Spooner
    June 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    No reason for Hep B at birth Chris.
    No proof that HPV vaccine stops cancer Lawrence.


  10. Lawrence
  11. Chris
    June 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I see we cannot take you seriously, Mr. Spooner, since you are just content to make stuff up out of thin air. Thank you for the comic relief.


  12. goldsecurityreport
    June 21, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    http://www.goldlawfirm.net/vaccinations-protect-so-get-your-shots/ Completely agree. Thank you for sharing!


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