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May 2017

The β-HPV Subtypes—Cornerstone of the Next-Generation Vaccine

Author Affiliations
  • 1The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 2The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School Houston
JAMA Oncol. 2017;3(5):594-595. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.3415

On January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama, began his final year in office by announcing during his State of the Union Address to Congress a “moonshot” to cure cancer. During an era when physicians are called on for action to find a cure for cancer, we tend to forget that we have available at our disposal a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that prevents multiple types of cancers. The first US president, George Washington, said “disorders are easier prevented than cured,” and that is how we today hope to prevent all HPV-related cancers.

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