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HPV-Cancer Related Cases on Rise

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It is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the country and there are no symptoms.  The human papillomavirus, or HPV can lead to cancer.
And HPV-related cancer is on the rise, big time, in Iowa.

But make mention of the vaccine to prevent HPV, you will get a firestorm of response. Opponents are very vocal...claiming the vaccine is not safe because it hasn't been around for a long time.  But Dr. Mohammed Masri, an oncologist at Covenant Medical Center says while there may be side effects like any other vaccine, the HPV vaccine is indeed safe. 

Dr. Masri says there are hundreds of types of HPV but the vaccine is focusing on just two strains: HPV 16 and HPV 18. Those two are linked to cervical, anal and throat cancers.

Dr. Masri says HPV cases are on the rise because of two main factors: oral sex and multiple sexual partners.

The CDC recommends both boys and girls receive their first round of HPV vaccine at the age of 11.
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