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    Alana Stewart talks HPV at Dana Hall School

    Photos by Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe

    When was Alana Stewart’s last visit to Boston? Well, she was married to George Hamilton at the time — and she and Hamilton have been divorced for nearly 40 years.

    “Gosh, I’ve only been here one other time,” Stewart told us Monday. “When George and I first started going together, he was on a PR tour for some television show and I came here with him.”

    Stewart, who’s 69 but looks at least a decade younger, was in Wellesley Monday to talk to students at the all-girl Dana Hall School about human papillomavirus. A former model whose other ex-husband is rocker Rod Stewart, Stewart is now the CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which raises money for cancer research.

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    Because tens of thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers each year, Stewart says she’s just doing her part to educate kids about the virus and about the vaccine to prevent it. She was joined at Dana Hall by Dr. Ellis Reinherz, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Mary-Jo Murphy, a survivor of rectal cancer.

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    “I’m amazed at how little people know about HPV,” Stewart said. “I’d never heard of it until six years ago.”

    Stewart was BFF with Fawcett for many years — they were both from Texas — and she rarely left the “Charlie’s Angels” star’s side after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Fawcett died in 2009.

    “A lot of young people never knew her,” said Stewart, who will tour Dana-Farber Tuesday. “But every young girl wanted Farrah’s hairdo and every young boy had that poster of her in the red bathing suit on their wall.”