Early detection and cancer prevention

HPV vaccine and Cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that cause skin warts, genital warts and some cancers in both men and women.

Prevention and vaccine

Vaccination against HPV is highly effective protection against HPV-related cancer and disease. A free HPV vaccine is given to students in schools as part of the National Immunisation Program. Boys and girls aged 12 to 13 years can have the vaccine in a course of two doses over a six month period.


Date Published: 20 March 2020