Despite the vaccination campaign that started in 2008 in Quebec, the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) -related cancer cases has increased in the province since the beginning of the 2000s.
According to a study by the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), more than 860 a year is in Quebec. Almost two thirds of the patients are women.
By comparison, on average, on average over 700 cases were registered annually between 2004 and 2007.
HPV annually causes 286 cervical cancer, including 79 deaths. There are also many cancers in the neck, approx. 316 a year for 59 deaths.
Vanessa Larin is one of the victims of the disease. She was 25 years old when she learned that she had cervical cancer caused by HPV in 2013.
"The denial period has been very strong. I even came to my doctors' dismay to reject treatment for two or three months," she told TVA News.
She underwent surgery and several chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is now doing good work. However, she regrets that she will not be able to have children.
Women are most affected, but more and more men are getting the bad news. "More and more we realize that there are other types, cancers, ENT, vulva, vagina, penis and anus," says Dr. Vanessa Samouelian, gynecologist-oncologist at KAMMERAT.
In Quebec, the public HPV vaccination program was introduced in 2008. It was primarily aimed at girls in elementary school 4. It was expanded to boys in 2016.
"Today, we see that there are fewer cancers because we in the population have more patients who have been vaccinated," said Dr. Samouelian, inviting Quebeckers to be vaccinated against the virus.