Welcome to the HPV Cancer Resources Website!
Why did I do this? I had five specific goals in mind:
1) To spread awareness about HPV, a virus that causes six different types of cancer in people.
2) To educate parents about, and advocate for, the safe and effective HPV vaccine, which can prevent infection with the virus and thereby block the development of these cancers.
3) To refute misinformation about the safety and efficacy of the HPV (and other) vaccines by anti-vaccine groups that is, unfortunately, widespread on the Internet.
4) To share an organized collection of resources specifically curated for HPV cancer patients and their family members.
5) To provide basic information for all new cancer patients about the different types of scans and cancer treatments, how tumors are staged, how clinical trials work (and how to find one), and much more.
There’s a lot of information available online about HPV-caused cancers, but not all of it is correct, and tracking it down isn’t easy. I found this out when I was diagnosed with an HPV-caused malignant tonsil tumor in 2016. After recovering from my treatment I began to assemble the resources on this website to make finding information about these cancers much easier for others. I’ve actually spent most of my professional career doing cancer research, so I know my way around the science. This background, coupled with the fact that I’ve been an HPV cancer patient, makes it easier for me to compile this information than most folks. As an HPV-cancer survivor, I especially want others to avoid going through what I and thousands of HPV-cancer patients had to endure. That’s why I’m an advocate for the HPV vaccine, a safe and effective way to prevent infection with this cancer causing virus. I’m a Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Ambassador and well as an American Cancer Society Mission HPV Cancer Free Volunteer Champion. If you learn nothing else from the resources on this website, please remember this:
Cancer Prevention Beats Cancer Treatment!
I want to thank the doctors and other medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance who provided me with excellent and compassionate care, especially my physician, Dr. Neal Futran. I’d like to dedicate this website to the memory of one of his colleagues that I never met, but who I know was a great help to many head and neck cancer patients. His name was Dr. Eduardo Mendez, and he was a physician-scientist at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He tragically died much too young at the age of 45. You can read about his life and accomplishments here.
This website is supported entirely by me. I receive no funding or support from pharma or biotech companies, vaccine manufacturers, doctors, patient organizations, or any other group.
Just to be clear: I am NOT a doctor. The information contained in this website is NOT intended as a recommendation for the self management of health problems, medical conditions, or wellness. It is not intended to endorse or recommend any particular type of medical treatment, physician, or treatment facility. Should any reader have any health care related questions, I strongly suggest you call or consult your physician or healthcare provider before looking into other things on the internet. The information contained in this website should NOT be used by any reader to disregard medical and/or health related advice or provide a basis to delay consultation with a physician or a qualified healthcare provider. HPV Cancer Resources disclaims any liability based on information provided in this website.