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HPV in South Carolina

US map showing HPV-related cancer rates by state. See CDC link for an accessible version.
HPV-related cancer rates by state. Image by CDC

HPV-related cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal, and other anogenital cancers (anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar), affect both men and women. South Carolina ranks among the highest states in the country when examining HPV-related oral cancer in males and females.


HPV-related cancers in SC

  • There are more than 580 new cases of HPV-related cancers in South Carolina each year.
  • An estimated 170 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 75 will die from the disease annually in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina ranks 18th in new cases of cervical cancer and 11th in cervical cancer deaths in the United States.


Vaccinations below national averages

Estimated vaccination coverage ages 13 - 17 for 2016

The 2017 NIS Teen data (National Immunization Survey) from the CDC is an annual survey that estimates vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13–17 years.

Despite a slight increase in recent years, HPV vaccination rates for South Carolina are below the national average.

Vaccination rates in South Carolina fall below national averages. In 2016, South Carolina had the lowest rate of HPV vaccine completion among adolescent girls in the United States (30.8%) and second-to-last for up-to-date vaccination among adolescent boys (27.4%). Since then we have had the third largest increase in HPV UTD status from 2016 to 2017.

  • The HPV vaccine should be given at the same time as other adolescent vaccines. Boys and girls need three vaccines to protect against whooping cough, HPV, and meningitis.
  • In addition to cancer, HPV can also lead to pre-cancerous conditions, such as abnormal pap tests.