‘Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic’ screening set in Titusville

The Crawford Health Improvement Coalition (CHIC) plans a screening of the documentary, “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” Wednesday at Colestock Auditorium.

Showtime is at 6 p.m. and a question and answer program is planned for 7:30 p.m. Healthcare professionals will be on hand to answer questions about the HPV vaccine. The movie’s runtime is about 80 minutes.

Colestock Auditorium is located at 302 E. Walnut St. in Titusville.

Narrated by Vanessa Williams, the documentary follows five women’s stories who have the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. The film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on HPV.

HPV is a widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that causes six different types of cancers in both men and women. Eighty percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives. Most will not even realize they have it.

Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the second leading cancer in women. Data from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Program of Cancer Registries between 2008 and 2012 show Crawford County has the second highest incidence rate of cervical cancer in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia County.

The screening of “Someone You Love” is part of a countywide effort to raise community awareness and provide education about HPV and a vaccine that prevents cervical cancer, as well as anal, throat, penile, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

The event is free of charge as part of an AMA Healthy Living Grant Program from the AMA Foundation awarded to CHIC earlier this year to fund PROTECT Against HPV Project 2016.

For more information, visit crawfordcountypartnership.org/ or call (814) 758-1919.