House Votes to Pass the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act

  • by AGD Washington Advocacy Representative
  • Dec 8, 2021
On November 30, H.R.1550, the Promoting Resources to Expand Vaccination, Education and New Treatments for (PREVENT) HPV Cancers Act of 2021 was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives. 

H.R.1550 is bipartisan legislation that would increase funding at the National Cancer Institute to focus research on HPV-associated cancers. The bill's provisions would help promote public awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, which can prevent HPV and cancers associated with HPV.

In August, AGD and the AGD Foundation sent a letter in support of the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The letter called for the PREVENT HPV Cancers Act to be considered on the House floor for a vote and urged the House leaders to encourage their caucuses to support the bill's passage unanimously. The AGD Foundation also sent a letter to bill's sponsors thanking them for introducing the proposal.

The legislation is now pending in the Senate, where it will need to be approved before being signed into law.

Impact on General Dentistry: AGD is thrilled that this legislation it strongly supports alongside the AGD Foundation, and our allies from organized dentistry, has passed in the House. AGD and the AGD Foundation will continue to advocate for this legislation's advancement now that it is being considered in the Senate. General dentists are the first line of defense against oral cancer, as the disease can be detected in its early stages during routine dental visits. AGD's philanthropic arm, the AGD Foundation, focuses on oral cancer awareness, risk factor prevention, and diagnostic training for general dentists.