A Vaccine To Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Added on Apr 21, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

Ochsner Hello Health Seminar Educates Mothers & Daughters on HPV Vaccine

NEW ORLEANS - Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and another 6.2 million people become newly infected each year. Women who have been and can be exposed to HPV have a greater risk in developing cervical cancer because the virus changes cervical cells.  Susan Hemelt, M.D., will discuss HPV and its relationship to cervical cancer in an Ochsner Hello Health Seminar on Wednesday, April 30, at The Red Maple, 1036 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70053 at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Hemelt will also discuss the preventive vaccine, Gardasil, recommended for young women and girls, ages 9 to 26. A Q&A session will follow. To register, call 1-866-OCHSNER (1-866-624-7637) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a $15.00 registration fee, and dinner is included.

For more information, visit www.ochsnerwomen.org

Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education.  The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.  Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually.  Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.  Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.  Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.

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