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Prevent cancer? It's worth a shot.

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented with a vaccine. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects against the sexually transmitted infection that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer.

Beginning July 1 through the end of the year, our health centers in Brownsville and Harlingen will be offering HPV shots at no cost for all patients ages 9 through 45.

The HPV vaccine can save lives.

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in Texas women ages 20-39, and women along the border are disproportionately affected.

In the Rio Grande Valley, the cervical cancer death rate is approximately 30% higher than the rest of the state, largely due lack of access to health care. 

Planned Parenthood is working to reduce this disparity. For more information about the the HPV vaccine, follow the link below.