WESTPORT, Conn. – The Westport Public Library is hosting a discussion with Dr. Erich M. Sturgis on human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination Friday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the McManus Room.
Sturgis will discuss the need to vaccinate both male and female children for the virus, which can cause cervical, throat and other types of cancers seldom detected in early stages.
An estimated 80 percent of people are infected at some point and most never realize it, said Sturgis, because the infection resolves itself on its own. But certain strains of the virus can cause malignant cancers that are often undetected until they have spread. Sturgis estimates that about 60 percent of the cancers he deals with are caused by HPV.
Sturgis is an expert in head and throat cancer who works as the program director for the University of Texas MD Anderson Oropharynx Program.
The program, offered in partnership with St. Vincent's Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center, is free and open to the public.
The Westport Public Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.
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