Washington - The PREVENT HPV Cancers Act, which encourages the use of the human papillomavirus vaccine to reduce the risk for HPV-related cancers, passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 30.
The ADA supported this legislation and previously sent a letter to the House noting that HPV is associated with 9,000 cases of head and neck cancers each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Organized Dentistry Coalition also supported the bill.
The ADA hopes the bill will increase awareness of HPV and efforts for immunization against it in order to help Americans safeguard their oral health against diseases of the mouth, throat and tonsils.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
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