HPV Vaccine and cervical cancer

Pediatrician Lawrence Ross, MD Infectious Disease, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the many benefits of the HPV Vaccine and the types of cancer and diseases that it helps prevent
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HPV Vaccine and cervical cancer

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The purpose of the HPV vaccine is to prevent cancer and this is now the second vaccine that we have to prevent human cancers. So the first was hepatitis B vaccine, which prevents cancer of the liver and it's had a traumatic impact. Now we have a vaccine when used in girls, will prevent there developing not only cervical cancer but also vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer. And very importantly these abnormal pap smears, which are so frightening to so many women, because they're afraid they're going to get cancer and they have to be followed again. So this vaccine will prevent not only cancer but pre-cancer. Furthermore, we now know that it will prevent genital warts – a sexually transmitted infection. And it will also prevent the disease called anal cancer, which many of you may know Farrah Fawcett had. And so this vaccine is going to dramatically improve the health of women.

Pediatrician Lawrence Ross, MD Infectious Disease, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the many benefits of the HPV Vaccine and the types of cancer and diseases that it helps prevent

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Lawrence Ross, MD

Pediatrician, Infectious Disease, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Lawrence A. Ross is a pediatrician and expert in infectious diseases.  He has been a full-time member of the Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1978 and has served as Hospital Infection Control Officer as well as the Chairperson of the Infection Control Committee for 20 years.  He is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Ross graduated from the University of Illinois and subsequently attended medical school at the Chicago Medical School in Chicago. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, followed by fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Medicine. From 1981-1985, Dr. Ross served as the coordinator of the intern and residency program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His areas of interest have included epidemiology of nosocomial infections as well as clinical aspects of care for patients with immune compromising diseases including patients with HIV infection. 

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