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Comment & Response
December 2018

The Role of Otolaryngologists in Eradicating Human Papillomavirus

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York
  • 2The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(12):1186. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.2444

To the Editor We read the thoughtful Viewpoint by Todd et al1 that examines the current human papillomavirus (HPV) pandemic and questions the role of otolaryngologists in fighting this disease. Specifically, they discuss that despite the increase in HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), and its expectation of surpassing cervical cancer numbers by 2020,2 the public is largely unaware of this trend and HPV vaccine uptake is low despite its availability.3 These gaps yield an important opportunity for otolaryngologists to play.

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