“About 11.4 % of women in the general population are estimated to harbour cervical HPV infection at a given time, and 70.9 % of invasive cervical cancers in the World are attributed to HPV types 16 and/or 18.”
[WHO/ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cervical Cancer (HPV Information Centre).
Human Papillomavirus and Related Cancers in World. Summary Report 2009]
“Approximately 20 million Americans 15 to 49 years of age (approximately 15 % of the population) are currently infected with HPV.”
[Cates W, Jr. “Estimates of the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States.”
American Social Health Association Panel. Sex Transm. Dis. 1999; 26(4): Suppl:S2 7.]
“Cancer of the cervix uteri is the second most common cancer among women worldwide, with an estimated 493 000 new cases and 274 000 deaths in 2002. About 83 % of the cases occur in developing countries, representing 15 % of female cancers.”
[Vaccine 2006, Vol. 24, Suppl 3; Vaccine 2008, Vol. 26, Suppl 10; IARC Monographs 2007, Vol. 90]
“In 2009, more than 11 000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with this type of cancer [cervical cancer] and about 4,000 will die from it. Cervical cancer strikes nearly half a million women each year worldwide, claiming more than a quarter of a million lives.”
Throughout the world, HPV is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers but also for a significant proportion of other types of cancer. The following chart demonstrates those proportions.
The following documents, which are extracts, are of particular interest: