HPV-Related Cancer in Men—Share Your Story

A doctor comforts a patient with HPV-related cancer

HPV—human papillomavirus—causes about 37,000 cases of cancer a year in the U.S. About 4 out of every 10 cases of cancer caused by HPV occur among men.

HPV, is a very common STI. About 79 million people in this country are thought to have an active HPV infection at any given time, and nearly all sexually active people will contract it at some point in their lives. In most cases, the virus is harmless and has no symptoms. The body clears most HPV infections naturally, but certain high-risk types can lead to cancer.

In ASHA’s 2022 survey of 1,040 men in the U.S., only 31% of respondents knew that HPV can cause anal and penile cancer and even fewer (23%) knew that HPV can cause oral/throat cancer.

We know that one important way to raise awareness about HPV-related cancer in men is by sharing stories of those who have experienced it. For patients diagnosed with cancer and survivors, stories from others who have been through the same experience can be a source of comfort, support, and possibly guidance on how to manage the experience. For spouses and family members, such stories can offer a window into the world of their loved ones. Healthcare providers also benefit from the insight offered by patients—insights they may not otherwise hear.

We want to share your story in a feature on the ASHA website so your experience can help educate and support others.

Your story is your own, but your experiences can help others who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer understand that they are not alone. Patient stories offer powerful insights that go beyond the statistics and outcomes, as those affected by cancer have an understanding of what the cancer journey is like.

Share your story by answering the questions below. The questions are there to guide you—answer as many or as few as you like. We also offer room for you to share additional thoughts, and you can upload photos, audio, and video. We hope you’ll share your story with ASHA and help empower other patients, encourage caregivers, and educate providers.

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