02/26/2007

HPV Lecture at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia has the second highest fatality rate of cervical cancer in the nation, according to a report on the Medical News Today Web site. According to the report, four out of every 100,000 women die every year of cervical cancer. Washington, D.C., was the only state to exceed this figure.

Wanda Hembree, M.D., from the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University will address these issues in her lecture, “HPV and the Vaccine,” Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room on the second floor of the Mountainlair.

The lecture, part of the Women’s Night Out Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, WVU Student Health Advisory Board and the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America, where 6 million cases are diagnosed annually. The number of women in 2006 diagnosed with cervical cancer is estimated by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to reach 9,710, and 3,700 will have died of it.

Visit the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at www.wvhealthywomen.com for more information.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
sfb: 02-26-07

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