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HPV Vaccine & HPV Associated Cancers

Educational resources about the HPV vaccine and HPV-related cancers. Compiled by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Office of Health Policy.

Updated August 2022



  • The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable: HPV Speakers Bureau
    The HPV Speakers Bureau is both a registry and a referral resource. The Bureau helps connect the public to organizations offering speakers on a variety of HPV topics. Listed organizations may include survivor groups, health professional groups, cancer centers, medical associations, and others. This service is a partnership of the HPV Roundtable with MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Educational Materials & Resources

Medical School Education

Groups & Coalitions




Publications & Reports



Educatonal Materials & Resources

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Manage Your Risk - HPV

Project ECHO® at MD Anderson

Project ECHO® was developed in 2003 by Dr. Sanjeev Arora of the University of New Mexico in response to a high prevalence of untreated Hepatitis C (HCV) in the state. Using this model, Dr. Arora conducted a prospective clinical trial, the results of which were published in 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Arora conducted weekly videoconferences with primary care providers in 16 community clinics and 5 prisons in New Mexico. Patient cases were presented, and a multidisciplinary team at the UNM provided clinical mentoring, evidence-based advice on patient management and regular didactic education sessions. At the end of the study period, the outcomes of patients treated by specialists at UNM were compared with those of patients treated by primary care providers. The study found no significant differences in sustained viral response between the UNM cohort and the ECHO cohort. The study concluded that the ECHO model is safe and effective in treating HCV in underserved communities.

The Project ECHO model has since expanded to more than 87 hubs worldwide for nearly 30 diseases and conditions. These specialties include infectious diseases, rheumatologic diseases, chronic pain, addiction, HIV diabetes, complex multisystem disease, cancer prevention and hospice care. The VA, DOD and CDC have ongoing ECHO clinics. At MD Anderson projects are currently focused on Cervical Cancer Prevention, Management of Cervical and Breast Cancer, Tobacco Cessation for Mental Health centers, Survivorship, Palliative Care and Pathology. Visit the Project ECHO website at to learn more.

Project ECHO at MD Anderson flyer

MD Anderson Cancer Center Algorithm: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination for Prevention of HPV-Related Cancers

These clinical practice algorithms have been specifically developed for MD Anderson using a multidisciplinary approach and taking into consideration circumstances particular to MD Anderson, including the following: MD Anderson’s specific patient population; our services and structure; and our clinical information. Moreover, these algorithms are not intended to replace the independent medical or professional judgment of physicians or other health care providers.

Disclaimer: These algorithms are not intended to replace the independent medical judgment of the physician or other health care providers in the context of individual clinical circumstances to determine a patient's care.

MD Anderson HPV Algorithm Page 1 of 3

American Academy of Pediatrics HPV Champion Toolkit
The American Academy of Pediatrics has created an HPV toolkit. August is a perfect time to review materials like this and ask yourself if they may be useful in your work.

Link to toolkit:

This toolkit has resources to help providers:

  • Educate other healthcare professionals
  • Discuss HPV vaccination with parents
  • Make necessary changes in your practice to improve HPV vaccination rates.
By focusing on ways you can make changes that will lead to improved HPV vaccination rates, YOU are an HPVchampion.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Resource Library

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Clinician & Health Systems Action Guides

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable believes that every health care professional plays an important role in increasing HPV vaccination rates.

Members of the Provider Training Task Group developed a suite of 6 Clinician & System Action Guides to encourage providers, support teams, and health systems to take action today.

Released in February 2018.


Groups & Coalitions

Texas HPV Coalition

Texas HPV Coalition logo

In 2017, the Texas HPV Coalition was created by professionals and healthcare organizations concerned that Texas was falling behind in HPV vaccination rates, ranking among the worst in the nation. This assembly of doctors, nurses, researchers, nonprofit professionals and parents knew we could do better for our children.

The coalition was formed to work together to prevent HPV-related cancers and precancers by increasing HPV vaccination rates statewide. Today, the coalition represents a statewide gathering of:
  • Academic Researchers
  • Providers
  • Professional Organizations
  • State Agencies
  • Non-profit Agencies
  • Dedicated individuals
Our members include partners from diverse sectors across Texas including immunization, public health, academia, professional societies, cancer prevention and control organizations, industry, state and local agencies, and health systems.

The coalition is a catalyst to stimulate work on key issues around HPV vaccination. Through the efforts of the workgroups, the coalition will advance initiatives that focus on provider education, systems improvement, data and technology, and public awareness.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable

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The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is a coalition of over 70 national organizations working at the intersection of immunization and cancer prevention to raise HPV vaccination rates and prevent HPV cancers.

Founded in 2014 by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, funding is provided by the CDC and ACS. Supplemental funding has also been awarded from NCI and the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV Policy.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable HPV Cancer Free FAMILY Facebook Group

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The Empowering Parents and Allies Task Group of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable has launched a new Facebook group for pro-HPV vaccine families! The HPV Cancer Free FAMILY Facebook group will give families information about HPV vaccination and HPV-related cancers.

The Facebook Group – HPV Cancer Free FAMILY - will be a place where parents and family members of children 11-and 12-year-olds to:
  • Ask questions about HPV vaccination
  • Bring their worries about vaccination
  • Share stories about vaccination
There will be a representative of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable on-hand to answer questions and respond to comments at least once a day Monday-Friday. Community Rules will be enforced to keep the conversation civil.

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, established by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014, is a national coalition of public organizations, private organizations, voluntary organizations, and invited individuals dedicated to reducing the incidence of and mortality from HPV-associated cancer in the U.S., through coordinated leadership and strategic planning.

To join the group, go to



National HPV Vaccination Roundtable 2022 National Meeting, September 28-29, 2022

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Step Up To The Plate - Register Today!

Step up to the plate and vax like a champion at the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable 2022 National Meeting. Make plans to attend on Wednesday, Sept 28, and Thursday, Sept 29. The 2-day event will feature an all-star lineup of inspiring speakers to help your team improve HPV vaccination.

Join us virtually from anywhere in the world. It’s free to attend.

Join our mailing list to get the starting lineup!


  • DAY 1: September 28, 2022, 1-5 PM ET – for the general public
  • DAY 2: September 29, 2022, 1-5 PM ET- for HPVRT Member Organizations

Registration link:

Texas HPV Coalition Annual Summit 2021, December 7-10, 2021, 10:00-11:30 AM CST New!

Texas HPV Coalition Annual Summit 2021

Tuesday, December 7th through Friday, December 10th


The Texas HPV Coalition is hosting a four-day HPV Vaccination Summit that will take place virtually for 1.5 hours each morning [10:00-11:30 AM CST]. Each session will be led by our four workgroups with different expert speakers/panels. Sessions are open to the public. Texas HPV Coalition membership is not required. Feel free to forward to colleagues.

  • Tuesday, December 7th - Your Words Have Weight: Promoting the HPV Vaccine
  • Wednesday, December 8th - The HPV Vaccine and our Community: What’s Happening?
  • Thursday, December 9th - Opportunities in Systems Improvement: Health Records and Interprofessional Partnerships
  • Friday, December 10th - 3 Ps: Data Pulls, Vaccination Patterns, and Social Media Presence

National HPV Vaccination Roundtable 2021 Annual Meeting, June 9-10, 2021 - Session Recordings Now Available

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On June 9-10, the HPV Vaccination Roundtable embarked on a mission to immunity and beyond during the 2021 National Meeting. Take a look at resources and videos to get adolescent vaccination back on track post-COVID.



HPV, Cancer and Dental Providers,August 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET

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If you are interested, but cannot attend on the 18th, please contact Kelly Welch at

The FREE presentation is intended for DENTISTS, HYGIENISTS, DENTAL ASSISTANTS and DENTAL STUDENTS. Continuing Education Credit available. (1 hour) National expert, Dr. Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, will discuss:

  • Epidemiology of Oral HPV infections and Cancers
  • New FDA expanded approval for the HPV vaccine
  • HPV Risk factors/Symptoms
  • Intra-oral and extra-oral examination
  • The Role of the Dental Professional in HPV-related Cancer Prevention.
Dr. Villa is Chief of the Sol Silverman Oral Medicine Clinic at University of California, San Francisco, where he also serves as program director for the Oral Medicine Residency program. He served as the Program Director for the Oral Medicine Program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Brigham and Women's Hospital before relocating to the West Coast, and was a founding member of the MA Oral HPV Prevention Taskforce.

This event is offered free of charge thanks to the support of Cape Cod Healthcare's Strategic Grant program.

HPV Prevention: Nurses Get it Done! Train-the-Trainer Webinar – March 11, 3:30 PM ET

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Are you a nurse interested in empowering your clinical team to confidently initiate and complete the HPV vaccine series for your patients? The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable is hosting a train-the-trainer webinar on the HPV Prevention: Nurses Get it Done! toolkit on March 11th at 3:30pm ET. This one-hour webinar will train nurses to use the Nurses Get it Done toolkit to teach the following:

  • HPV 101 for Immunizers
  • Messages for responding to common HPV vaccine questions
  • Tips and resources for managing injection pain and shot aversion
The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable looks forward to seeing you online on March 11th.


Us vs. HPV Webinar Series

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The Us vs. HPV online webinar series, hosted by the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC), and Indiana University, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health took place from January 27-31 2020. We had a very successful week, with the World Health Organization elaborating on the cervical cancer elimination initiative and many expert speakers discussing the 6 different types of cancers that HPV causes and the effective and excellent tools that we currently have to prevent majority of these cancers. The webinars are intended for members of the public, patients, healthcare providers, and anyone else who wishes to learn more about various aspects of HPV-related diseases and HPV prevention.

Visit the Us vs. HPV Archive to see videos from the 2020 and 2019 webinars:

View/dounlad a PDF of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable slides from their presentation WE’RE IN! 2020 HPV Cancer Prevention Initiative for Health Systems:,



Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Health Steps - HPV Vaccination in Texas: What Pediatricians Should Know

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could prevent up to 90 percent of cervical cancer cases plus a range of other cancers, including many for which there is no routine screening. Texas pediatricians play a significant role in educating patients and their parents about why it is important to be vaccinated as recommended. This podcast, by Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services, provides an overview of current research and offers practical guidance about how to promote routine HPV vaccination in your practice.

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Publications & Reports

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Institutional Strategic Framework to Increase HPV Vaccination (PDF) New!

In 2020, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center adopted an Institutional strategic framework to increase HPV V=accination (Framework). The Framework outlines selected areas for action for MD Anderson and these areas are visually represented in a logic model. Creating a framework allows the institution to develop a common set of definitions while establishing an operations and implementation structure. It also reinforces accountability. The Framework is organized in a manner that aligns with common elements from CDC’s Strategic Framework for Global Immunization, 2016-2020, HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention: Progress, Opportunities, and a Renewed Call to Action: A Report to the President of the United States from the Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel (2018 Nov), and World Health Organization’s Global Routine Immunization Strategies and Practices (GRISP): a companion document to the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

NCI Administrative Supplements

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.

MD Anderson hopes that the findings and recommendations will assist your organization in developing strategies to increase HPV vaccine uptake, enhance existing collaborations, and prevent potentially avoidable cancer diagnoses and deaths related to HPV infections.

MD Anderson is committed to helping to eradicate the HPV-related disease burden and is utilizing the data collected to drive the institutional HPV moonshot efforts and to help establish a coalition across Texas in partnership with the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

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

HPV Environmental Scan Report

NCI-designated Cancer Centers Urge HPV Vaccination for the Prevention of Cancer

NCI-designated Cancer Centers HPV statement

Administrative Supplements for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers to Support Collaborations to Enhance HPV Vaccination in Pediatric Settings: A Summary Report, June 2016

NCI Administrative Supplements

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - 2018 President's Cancer Panel - HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention: Progress, Opportunities, and a Renewed Call to Action

Rice University's Baker Institute of Public Policy - Policy Brief: Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: A Public Health Opportunity for Texas (PDF)



CDC - Adolescent #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series   New

Just like you, each clinician featured in the #HowIRecommend video series is unique in their conversational style and approach to answering parents’ questions or concerns about HPV vaccine, with a common goal to protect their patients from cancers caused by HPV. Learn how they answer common questions you get every day. The #HowIRecommend video series is organized two ways:

Minnesota Department of Health Videos for Health Care Provider

Just Another Shot: Reframing the HPV Vaccine

It's Effective

It's Necessary

It's Safe

It's Valuable

Houston Health Department Video (parent video) - It’s worth a shot: HPV vaccination is cancer prevention

If there were a vaccine against cancer, would you get it for your kids? HPV is a very common virus, infecting about 14 million people annually. This educational video addresses this importance of adolescents receiving protection against HPV, a cancer-causing disease, and provides an overview of HPV vaccine recommendations. Physicians Julie Boom, MD, Lois Ramondetta, MD, Erich Sturgis, MD, and David Persse, MD, share their expertise, discuss HPV vaccine safety and talk about the importance of HPV vaccination.

Houston Health Department Video (provider video) - It’s worth a shot: HPV vaccine recommendations matter

Did you know the healthcare provider recommendation is the single best predictor of vaccination? What you say, and how you say it, matters. This informative video highlights physicians, Julie Boom, MD, Lois Ramondetta, MD, Erich Sturgis, MD, and David Persse, MD sharing their expertise on HPV and HPV vaccination, including how to strongly recommend the vaccine to patients/parents of your patients.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Help kids prevent cancer

The HPV vaccine is the best protection against the HPV virus and the cancers it causes. All boys and girls between 11 and 12 should get the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is given at this age for maximum immunity. About 80% of people – both men and women – will get a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection at some point in their lives. The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective vaccination against cancer.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Squamous cell carcinoma survivor shares her story

In July 2012, Sandy Wexler went to the dentist for a routine checkup where her dentist noticed one of Sandy’s lymph nodes was enlarged. When a biopsy revealed she had squamous cell carcinoma, she was referred to MD Anderson for treatment. While undergoing treatment at MD Anderson, Sandy discovered that her cancer was the result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Hear Sandy's story.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Squamous cell carcinoma survivor on the importance of the HPV vaccine

Rob Joyce, 61, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue. The biopsy done by his Ear, Nose and Throat physician revealed that his cancer was caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Listen to Rob tell his story and explain why the HPV vaccine is so important to today's youth.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Cervical cancer patient wishes the HPV vaccine had been available to her

Constance Hill was diagnosed with cervical cancer, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), in May 2014. She underwent a radical hysterectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, and brachytherapy. Then she had a recurrence and was placed on a Phase II clinical trial using the HPV vaccine and immunotherapy. Her cervical cancer is still present, so she is beginning a style="color:black;text-decoration:none;font-weight:bold;" targeted therapy Phase I clinical trial. In her mind, all of this could have been avoided if the HPV vaccine was available to her as a child. Hear Constance tell her story.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Patient fights the stigma of HPV-related cancers

At age 62, Tom Jackson was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The diagnosis is common among men his age, so he took it in stride. But shortly before Tom was scheduled to have his prostate removed, he discovered a lump on his neck. A biopsy and CT scan of the lump revealed that Tom also had squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Caregiver and cancer patient shares her HPV journey

Suzanne Armstrong was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil in December 2016. She noticed a lump on her neck, which once biopsied, turned out to be HPV-related. Listen to Suzanne tell her story and the difficulty she faced when having to undergo treatment at age 70, only six-months after her husband passed away from cancer.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Squamous cell carcinoma survivor's thoughts on the HPV vaccine

Scott Courville was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the right tonsil in 2016. What two separate doctors thought was tonsillitis, turned out to be cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Following numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Scott now encourages all parents, like himself, to make sure their children get vaccinated. Hear Scott's advice for parents.

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Panel Discussion, December 2, 2016 - HPV-Related Cancers: Opportunities for Cancer Prevention

In the United States, 79 million men and women — approximately one in four — are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). From 2008 to 2012, nearly 40,000 HPV-related cancers occurred annually in the United States. Today, highly effective HPV vaccines could easily reduce these numbers, but only 42 percent of girls and 28 percent of boys aged 13 to 17 have received the vaccine — far below the 80 percent of American adolescents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aim to reach. At this event, leaders from the CDC, Texas state government and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discussed HPV, HPV-associated cancers, life-saving cancer prevention opportunities through HPV vaccination, barriers to HPV vaccination programs and a proposed plan to promote HPV vaccination in Texas.

This panel discussion was the eighth event in the Medicine, Research and Society Policy Issues Series, a joint project of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Confronting Cancer: MD Anderson supports the HPV vaccine

MD Anderson supports the HPV vaccine for the prevention of several types of cancer. Learn more at

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Why my kids get the HPV vaccine: A cervical cancer survivor’s story

As a cervical cancer survivor and parent to two sons, Linda Ryan advises other parents to vaccinate their kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV). She wishes the HPV vaccine had been available to her as an adolescent so she could have avoided cervical cancer, which is predominantly caused by HPV.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Video - Cancer survivor Kara Million on the importance of HPV vaccinations

Cancer survivor Kara Million was diagnosed with cervical cancer, which was caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. She is now an advocate for the HPV vaccine. Watch as she shares her story and urges everyone to protect their children with the HPV vaccine.

American Cancer Society HPV Cancer Survivor Videos

Twelve videos from survivors of HPV-related cancers. (American Cancer Society)

For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Videos