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Date:11/11/2008

harynx and oral cavity in the US, 1998-2003 (p 2901-2909), and Cancer registries and monitoring the impact of prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccines: The potential role (p 3047-3057).

"The Louisiana Tumor Registry, housed in the LSUHSC School of Public health, has the academic infrastructure and expertise to monitor and evaluate the impact of HPV vaccination on the community," notes Vivien W. Chen, PhD, Director of Louisiana Tumor Registry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health.

"Incidence and mortality rates among African American women in Louisiana are significantly higher than both the rates of Louisiana white women and other African American women in the United States," said Xiao Cheng Wu, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Associate Director of the Louisiana Tumor Registry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. "This observed black-white disparity can be reduced by equal access to and utilization of HPV vaccination."

"As the Principal Investigator of two CDC funded projects in LA to examine the impact on cancer after introduction of the HPV vaccine I expect we will observe a decrease in HPV related cancers such as cervical and oral cancer," said Edward Peters, DMD, ScD, Assistant Professor of Public Health at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. "For example, about a third of oral cancers are due to HPV infection (the rest due to smoking and drinking) and oral cancers are twice as common in men than women. However, we currently do not vaccinate boys against HPV. We have tremendous opportunity to increase the level of cancer prevention for HPV associated cancers if our current HPV vaccination recommendations expand to include boys and young men ."

Significant findings include:
(Age-adjusted rates are presented in parentheses where appropriate and are per 100,000 persons.)

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Contact: Leslie Capo
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504-568-4806
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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