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In the last few decades, an increasing number of oral HPV infections have caused oropharynx cancers, the same type that afflicted actor Michael Douglas. By 2020, there will be more HPV-related oropharynx cancers in men than cervical cancers in women.
Though studies on the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine on oropharynx cancer are ongoing, we anticipate that the vaccine will also prevent the majority of that cancer.
Most people probably are aware the vaccine is given to girls to prevent cervical cancer.
In March, we gathered with other physicians and scientists in Washington, D.
C., for the Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer, organized by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. The vast majority who receive the HPV vaccine have no side effects, other than a sore arm from the injection. European countries have also reported similar safety findings.
This confirms our earlier preclinical research." Smith is director of UTHealth's Women's Health Integrative Medicine Research Team, which focuses on the safe and effective use of nutritional and herbal supplements with pharmacologic modalities as it relates to women's health and cancer.
This research is proceeding to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II clinical trial which has just begun at UTHealth, Smith said.