Think About the Link®
Think About The Link is a campaign to increase the awareness about the link between certain viruses and cancer. The campaign targets three viruses: human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and their related cancers.
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HPV and Cancer
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes most cervical cancers, as well as cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis, and oropharyngeal (back of throat). The good news is there are approved vaccines that can protect against HPV-related cancers. Think About the Link® urges the use of HPV vaccines for cancer prevention, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hepatitis B and Cancer
Hepatitis B is a blood-borne virus that infects the liver. An individual can become infected with hepatitis B through transmission of bodily fluids from an infected person. Transmission can occur through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other recreational drug-injection equipment; or from mother-to-child during birth
Hepatitis C and Cancer
Most people do not know they have hepatitis C and do not receive treatment that can help prevent them from developing liver cancer. Hispanic individuals often progress to liver cancer faster than other racial/ethnic groups. Furthermore, the rate of new liver cancer cases among Hispanic groups are twice as high as those among white, non-Hispanic groups. The good news is that there is are several more treatments for hepatitis C, which can often cure you and reduce your risk of liver cancer.