Yes, there are vaccines that prevent cancer!
A vaccine that prevents cancer? Well, that’s the ultimate dream.
While we do not have vaccines to prevent all cancers, we are making great strides. Currently, we have vaccinations available that are proven to prevent the human papilloma virus (HPV) and hepatitis B. HPV can cause cervical cancer, anal cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancers, and Hepatitis B can lead to liver cancer.
Cancer preventive vaccines target infectious agents that cause or contribute to the development of cancer. They are similar to traditional vaccines, which help prevent infectious diseases, such as measles or polio, by protecting the body against infection.
Staying up to date on your vaccinations not only keeps you healthy, it helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others in the community, including those who may be immuno-compromised and vulnerable. These important vaccines include an annual flu vaccine, measles, polio, chicken pox and tetanus.
In addition to keeping the person who get the vaccine healthy, vaccines protect others in the community who are immune-compromised and may be unable to get vaccinated, such as people with cancer. These individuals are particularly prone to illness and without vaccination, you could inadvertently be a disease carrier, exposing them to harm. By staying up to date on all of your vaccines, you’re doing double duty in the health department.