Each year 3,800 new cancer cases in Canada are attributed to HPV; by 2042, this number will increase to 6,600.
HPV infection increases the risk of developing six different types of cancer. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV, and HPV infection is also the cause of other anogenital cancers and oropharyngeal cancers.
To help reduce the burden of HPV-related cancers, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has set a target of achieving 90% HPV vaccination coverage of adolescents by 17 years of age, by 2025. HPV vaccinations are offered through school-based and catch-up programs in all provinces and territories in Canada.