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CDC Recommends Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents   October 19, 2016

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preteen Vax News, October 19, 2016 (Special Edition, October 2016 ACIP Meeting)
CDC Recommends Two HPV Shots for Younger Adolescents
CDC now routinely recommends two doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to prevent HPV cancers. This recommendation makes it easier for parents to protect their children by reducing the number of shots and trips to the doctor. HPV vaccination is an important cancer prevention tool and two doses of HPV vaccine will provide safe, effective and long-lasting protection when given at the recommended ages of 11 and 12 years. Some of the specifics of the recommendation include:
  • The first HPV vaccine dose is routinely recommended at 11-12 years old. The second dose of the vaccine should be administered 6 to 12 months after the first dose.
  • Teens and young adults who start the series at ages 15 through 26 years will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections.
  • Adolescents aged 9 through 14 years who have already received two doses of HPV vaccine less than 6 months apart, will require a third dose.
  • Three doses are recommended for people with weakened immune systems aged 9-26 years.
Link to full press release: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Press Release, October 19, 2016 - CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents

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HPV Fact Sheet (English)   Updated September 2016!

HPV Fact Sheet

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HPV Fact Sheet (Spanish) - Hoja Informativa del HPV   Updated!

Hoja Informativa del HPV

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HPV Vaccine Uptake in Texas Pediatric Care Settings: 2014-2015 Environmental Scan Report

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston has conducted a detailed assessment or "environmental scan" on HPV vaccination in pediatric care settings in Texas. The report provides an overview of HPV-related cancer burden in Texas and identifies barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccination in the pediatric population as observed by Texas stakeholders. This project was funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Learn more....

HPV Environmental Scan Report

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Texas Skin Cancer/Melanoma Screening and Prevention Summit  Presentations Now Online!

Presentations from the Texas Skin Cancer/Melanoma Screening and Prevention Summit are now available online. The event, hosted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was held in Houston on October 29th and 30th. Learn more...

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Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Melanoma Moon Shot Program and Cancer Prevention and Control Platform seek to develop and implement community-based efforts related to the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. These two teams collaborated to develop the Skin Cancer Prevention Toolkit For Institutions of Higher Education. The toolkit is designed to assist college and university leaders in adopting, implementing and enforcing skin cancer prevention campus policies and practices.

The tools and materials provided in this toolkit support and explain the benefits and rationale for a 100% Indoor Tanning-Free Campus Policy, a Sun Protection Campus Policy, and skin cancer prevention education and health services activities. This toolkit also provides resources and tips on drafting, enforcing, communicating and evaluating policy.

To view/download the toolkit, click on one of the following links.

Skin Cancer Poster


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Healthy Congregations Toolkit

The Energy Balance Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center worked with local partners and healthcare professionals to develop the Healthy Congregations Toolkit. We are pleased to share this with you and hope that it is helpful in assisting you with incorporating healthy programs within your institution.

The Toolkit focuses on "energy balance," or the way to eat well (energy intake) and being physically active (energy output) for better health.

The Healthy Congregations Toolkit offers suggestions and resources on the following topics:

  • Walk By Faith:   How to begin a walking club.
  • Food for the Soul:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers speakers on a variety of topics for your congregation.
  • Sowing Seeds:   How to begin a community garden using list of local education resources.
  • In the Spirit of Health:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers newsletters for your congregation via email.
  • Brochures & Exhibits:   MD Anderson Cancer Center offers these to support your congregation’s event or health fair.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marcita Galindez, MPA at 713-563-9517 or by e-mail to compcancercontrol@mdanderson.org.

Healthy Congregations Toolkit

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2015 Summit on HPV-Related Diseases  Presentations Now Online!

The 2015 HPV Summit was a big success! Topics included raising awareness of HPV-associated cancers and diseases prevention and screening, raising awareness of HPV vaccinations for adolescents, and identifying barriers and resources to help children receive needed HPV vaccines. Learn more...

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HPV Vaccine Educational Poster

The Comprehensive Cancer Control Cervical Cancer Work Group has developed a new HPV vaccine educational poster with information in English and Spanish: Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!/¡No espere, vacúnelos!

HPV Vaccine Poster

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Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

On behalf of the City of Houston/Harris County Community Transformation Initiative, the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Work Group at MD Anderson Cancer Center created a Houston/Harris County Tobacco Task Force (Task Force) to serve as a place for collaboration, resource development, and technical assistance to address tobacco use among college campus populations. The Houston Department of Health & Human Services received a planning award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build capacity to support healthy lifestyles in Harris County. The award targets tobacco-free living, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, and social and emotional wellness.

The work group was charged with lending their expertise to the development of a Tobacco Task Force Toolkit. The purpose of the Toolkit is to provide a coordinated strategic framework for institutions of higher education in Houston/Harris County to develop and or strengthen their current campus tobacco policy.


>Tobacco-Free Policy Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education

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Free Online CE for Nurses and Social Workers - Updated for 2014-2016

Through a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Texas Cancer Information developed a free, online continuing education module entitled, Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients, for all Texas nurses and social workers. The CE has now been updated with new data, new resources and new information about The Affordable Care Act. The updated CE is certified through July 21, 2016.

Please visit our CE at: http://www.texascancer.info/ce. The program focuses on the impact and care issues of health disparities that exist in underserved populations in Texas and resources that are available to assist in obtaining quality healthcare services for those populations.

Our free CE program offers 2.0 contact hours for nurses and .2 CEUs for social workers. There is no cost to review this course or to receive credit. Please visit our CE page now for more information.

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New, Easier to Use, Interactive Access to Care Tool

We are happy to announce the availability of our new, easier to use, interactive Access to Care tool. The Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients database at http://www.texascancer.info/access is intended to reach low-income or uninsured Texans seeking free or low-cost cancer screening or treatment. Texas Cancer Information staff investigated procedures, contacts and clinic locations for screening and treatment for every Texas county. Information on how to obtain cancer care services in each of these counties is now available in English and Spanish. Social workers or volunteer organizations can also print out this information to give to their clients.

Simply answer a few questions and you will have the information you need in seconds. If you have any questions about this new feature, please let us know.

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Colorectal Cancer and Sun Safety Posters

In collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Medical Association (TMA), Texas Cancer Information has developed a new Colorectal Cancer Awareness poster entitled Get the Scoop on Colorectal Cancer (Infórmese de los detalles sobre el cáncer colorectal) and a new Skin Cancer Awareness poster entitled Be Sun Smart! - ¡Actúe inteligentemente respecto al sol!. These posters are bilingual in English and in Spanish. The information presented on the front of each poster is for general public and patient audiences while the back of the posters are for healthcare professionals. You can download copies of these posters by clicking on the images, below, or by visiting our Educational Materials page. Please let us know if you would like extra copies for your clinic or office.


Colorectal Cancer Poster            Skin Cancer Poster

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Smoking Cessation Resource Guide for Harris County


Smoking Cessation Resource Guide for Harris County

The new Smoking Cessation Resource Guide for Harris County has been made possible by the contributions of the members of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Tobacco Workgroup.

The purpose of this Guide is to provide the public with information on the harms of smoking, the benefits of quitting, and resources available to aid in cessation.

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Energy Balance Resource List for the Houston MSA


Energy Balance Resource List for Houston MSA

The new Energy Balance Resource List has been made possible by the contributions of the members of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Energy Balance Workgroup.

The purpose of this guide is to provide the public with a list of energy balance organizations in the Houston MSA working to improve the health of Houstonians by providing opportunities for educational programming, physical activity and nutrition.