Despite the vaccination campaign launched in 2008 in Quebec, the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) -related cancer patients has increased since the early 2000s.
According to a study by the National Public Health Institute (INSP), there are more than 860 people a year in Quebec. Almost two-thirds of patients are women.
On average, over 700 cases were found between 2004 and 2007.
HPV causes cervical cancer, including 79 deaths each year. In addition, many cancers of the oral pharynx are located in the throat, with approximately 316 deaths and 59 deaths each year.
Vanessa Larin is one of the victims of this disease. She was 25 years old when she found out that HPV caused cervical cancer in 2013.
"The denial period was very strong, and I was even embarrassed by doctors to refuse treatment for a couple of months," he told TVA News.
She has undergone surgery, several chemotherapy and radiation therapies and is now making great progress. But she regrets that she can not have children.
Women are mostly affected, but more and more men are receiving bad news. "More and more we realize there are other types of cancer, ENT, vulva, vagina, penis and anus," said Vanessa Samouelian, MD, a gynecologist. CHUM.
In Quebec, the HPV vaccination program was introduced in 2008. This program was primarily targeted at women in the fourth grade of elementary school. It was expanded to boys in 2016.
"What we observe today is that there are fewer pre-cancerous lesions, because there are more people vaccinated in the population," Dr. Samouelian said. Quebeckers are vaccinated against viruses.