Cancer Prevention: HPV Vaccination

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2016 Aug;32(3):273-80. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2016.05.007. Epub 2016 Jul 29.


Objectives: To provide an overview of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination as cancer prevention with current strategies that nurses can use to help patients and parents overcome barriers to HPV vaccination.

Data sources: Peer-reviewed literature, presentation abstracts, and current immunization recommendations from the Advisory Council on Immunization Practice.

Conclusion: Nurses can help prevent cancer by encouraging HPV vaccination during routine immunization and make HPV vaccination normal and routine.

Implications for nursing practice: A vaccine to reduce/eliminate HPV-related cancers enables nurses' at all educational levels to advocate for cancer prevention through initiation and completion of the HPV vaccine series.

Keywords: HPV vaccination; cancer; human papillomavirus; nursing practice; oncology nursing; prevention.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Oncology Nursing / methods*
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • United States
  • Vaccination / standards*


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines