• Free Virtual Program Explores HPV Prevention, Connection to Cancer

    MyMichigan Health
    News Release

    For Immediate Release
    November 14, 2023

    MIDLAND, Mich. – Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many of them don’t even know that they’re infected. That’s because HPV generally doesn’t have any symptoms. In fact, in many cases, the body can fight off HPV naturally, but in serious cases, the body is at risk for complications.
    Each year in the United States, about 46,711 new cases of cancer are found in parts of the body where human papillomavirus (HPV) is often found. HPV causes about 37,000 of these cancers. About 70 percent of those diagnosed with head and neck cancers are caused by the (HPV) and about 91 percent of cervical cancer is caused by HPV.
    Join MyMichigan Medical Group providers Ashley Huerd, M.D., pediatrician, and Samuel Dudley, M.D., otolaryngologist (ENT), for a free virtual educational program focusing on HPV awareness and the connection of HPV with cancers. Drs. Huerd and Dudley will take a closer look at the HPV vaccine and cancer prevention, discuss the relationship between HPV and cervical, head and neck cancers, as well as the screening and symptoms of head and neck cancers. There will be a question and answer time following the presentations.
    Those interested in registering for the program may visit mymichigan.org/hpv or call MyMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199. Registration is required. Upon signing up, an email will then be sent with the Teams meeting link to confirm registration.
    MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace* and Mackinac Island*. MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 80 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, and more. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Recognized by Forbes in 2022 and 2023 as one of ‘America’s Best Employers by State,’ MyMichigan is a major employer in all the areas it serves. In fact, its more than 10,180 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25-county service area. In fiscal year 2022, MyMichigan Health provided $132 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.
    *Not affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System.
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