Many doctors discouraging HPV vaccination, study findsVaccination against human papillomavirus is deemed crucial for protection against certain cancers, but some parents choose not to get their child vaccinated against the virus. Now, a new study suggests the decision to avoid vaccination may largely be down to discouragement from doctors.
Study author Melissa B. Gilkey, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute in Boston, MA, and colleagues publish their findings in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses, of which more than 40 can infect the genital areas of men and women. These include HPV types 16 and 18, which are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide and can also cause anal, penile and some oropharyngeal cancers.