Jefferson HPV Expert Available for Comment on NCI’s Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer
Source Newsroom: Thomas Jefferson University
The Journal of the National Cancer Institute today published The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.
The report, 1975–2009, shows that overall cancer
death rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate.
A special feature section on human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers also shows that incidence rates are increasing for HPV-associated oropharyngeal and anal cancers and that vaccination coverage levels in the U.S. during 2008 and 2010 remained low among adolescent girls.
“While this report shows that we are making progress in the fight against cancer on some fronts, we still have much work to do, particularly when it comes to preventing cancer,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D. “For example, vaccinating against HPV can prevent cervical cancer, but, tragically, far too many girls are growing into adulthood vulnerable to cervical cancer because they are not vaccinated.”
A leading cancer prevention and HPV vaccination expert at Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center, Amy Leader is available for an interview.
Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH
Division of Population Science
Department of Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University
Here is a link to her bio: http://www.jefferson.edu/jmc/medical_oncology/faculty/Leader.cfm?detail=0
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