Protecting our kids from preventable cancers
As a pediatrician and immunologist, it is frustrating to watch parents deny the teenagers the chance to be protected from HPV-related cancers. HPV-related cancers include cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, cancer of penis, anus and rectum. HPV-related cancers are the only malignancies which can be prevented by vaccination. Despite the availability of a very effective vaccine, Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the number of these preventable cancers is increasing. Let us do something about it. All of us need to get involved in educating the public to give their kids the very essential HPV vaccine.