The holiday season encourages me to reflect on the significant events in our family. A new marriage, a baby born, new projects and initiatives launched, and in my case, the outstanding achievements of my brother, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo. Growing up in a political family, I soon learned that what happens in our home, school, neighborhood and government has a profound effect on us all. As a physician and cancer prevention advocate, I strive to educate and promote strategies that will reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Teaching children to eat foods that will enhance their health, and offering them high-quality vegetables, fruits and whole grains in school lunches, have a profound effect on our children's futures. I applaud those members of Congress who support higher nutritional standards for better quality school lunches for our children.
HPV vaccines for children and adolescents is an important way to prevent cervical, anal, penile, and some head and neck cancers. Parents should be sure to have their children vaccinated.