May 20, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Leading Cancer Centers in Urgent HPV Vaccination Call to Action

Vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have dropped dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Huntsman Cancer Institute and other leading cancer centers urge families and providers to resume HPV vaccination along with other key pediatric health services that have been interrupted by the pandemic.

Jan 28, 2021

Does Cervical Cancer Run in Families?

If one of your family members has or had cervical cancer, you may be wondering about your own risk. The Family Cancer Assessment Clinic at Huntsman Cancer Institute can help answer questions about genetic risk for cancer. They explain what you should know about what it means if you have a family history of cervical cancer and what you can about it.

Jan 20, 2021

Theresa Werner, MD, on the Importance of the HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening

Did you know cervical cancer can be prevented? The HPV vaccine prevents against infection from the human papillomavirus. This common virus can lead to cervical cancer as well as penile, anal, vulvar, vaginal, and head and neck cancers. HCI gynecologist-oncologist Dr. Theresa Werner talks about the importance of getting the HPV vaccine, which is recommended for boys and girls starting at age 11 to 12.

Aug 31, 2020

Bringing a Cancer Prevention Vaccine to Rural Communities

The HPV vaccine can prevent several different types of cancer. Access to and education about the HPV vaccine has never been more important. Kelly Sugihara, a coordinator for Wyoming Cancer Resource Services, works with clinics, state leaders, schools, public health professionals, dentists, and others over a 25, 672 mile area to increase accessibility and education about the HPV vaccine.

Aug 26, 2020

I Can Answer That: Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?

What is the human papillomavirus? Who can get HPV? Does HPV cause cancer? Is the HPV vaccine safe? Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, can answer that. She is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is also director of the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition. Watch the video or read the story to get answers to frequently asked questions.

Mar 19, 2020

Ask an Expert: Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Now, thanks to the development of early screening techniques, that’s no longer the case. Yet every year, there are still around 13,800 new cases of cervical cancer. To learn more about cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, we spoke with Kate Harris, MD, a gynecologic oncologist.

Sep 13, 2019

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

YWCA Utah presented Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Health and Medicine. Kepka is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator, assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and adjunct assistant professor at the U of U Department of Population Health Sciences. Kepka studies effective strategies for vaccination uptake against human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers

May 15, 2019

The Connection between HPV Infection and Head and Neck Cancer

For years, the typical patient with cancer of the mouth and throat (oropharyngeal cancer) fit a “Marlboro Man” stereotype—a rugged, outdoorsy man who was a lifelong smoker with a history of alcohol use. But that is no longer true. Today, patients are younger. They often don’t use tobacco or alcohol—common risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer. Instead, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is now responsible for more than 70% of cases.