Becky Wexler

New Data Shows HPV Vaccine, Created at Georgetown, Can Prevent Vaginal and Oral Cancers

Washington, DC—A new study published in the May 19, 2007 issue of The Lancet demonstrates that women who are vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV) are also less likely to develop pre-cancerous vulval and vaginal lesions. In addition, a study in the May 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine implicated HPV as a strong risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer, a type of oral cancer.  


Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Pathology at Georgetown University Medical Center and creator of the HPV vaccine technology, had this to say about the findings:


“The data showing that the HPV vaccine prevents not only cervical cancer, but also precancerous lesions of the vulva and vagina and a subset of oral cancers makes it clear that the vaccine will have a major impact on cancer prevention.”


To schedule an interview with Dr. Schlegel, who is currently at work on the second and third generations of the HPV vaccine, which will be both protective and therapeutic, please contact Becky Wexler at or (202) 687-5100.


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About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center
is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through our partnership with MedStar Health). Our mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO).