• Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide with 480,000 people dying every year from a tobacco related illness in the United States. (CDC)
  • In South Dakota the adult smoking rate is 18.1%; 44.5% of American Indians in South Dakota smoke. (BRFSS, 2016)
  • Secondhand smoke (SHS) causes lung cancer in people who have never smoked. The Surgeon General estimates that living with a smoker increases the chance of lung cancer by 20-30%. (CDC)

CDC: Two shots enough for most young patients getting HPV vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that 11- to 12-year olds receive two doses of the HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of the HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infections. For more information, read the full press release.