About Cervical Cancer and the Vaccine

It s for the first time I am writing about some thing medical . Positional Vertigo was the last term I researched over the internet when my father was suffering from bppv .By Gods grace now he is alright now.

Last day I to see an ad by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) about a vaccine called Cervarix for Cervical cancer . So decided to get more details about Cervical cancer and cervical cancer vaccine. Most of us are ignorant about the diseases and if a new vaccine is out of the market we simply convert our self to guinea pigs.

I want every one to know about the disease and vaccines its pros , its side effects, its rate of success etc.

I am not stating that the above vaccine is a failure nor its a success.I am presenting the facts about the disease and the vaccine collected from the web.

Whats a Vaccine

Vaccine is a biological preparation to improve the immunity of our body against a particular disease.The disease causing microbes are killed or weakened and is exposed to our immune system.The immune system can easily overcome the microbe and it develops an immunity against such kind of microbes.Edward Jenner invented the first vaccine against smallpox in 1796.read more about vaccines ....

Cervical cancer and the HP Virus

Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of tissues inside the body,some times destroying the adjacent tissues. Cancer affects almost all types of people .Cervical cancer is the abnormal mass of tissue in cervical area.

The infection of HumanPapillmaVirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer.HPV can lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus in women and it can lead to cancers of the anus and penis.Currently there are 130 types of HPV have been identified of them 2 are of high risk.30-40 HPVs are sexually transmitted . Most HPV infections have no long term significance which 70% disappear in 1 year 90% in 2 years. The persisting of infection causes cancer in 5-10 % of woman.The process takes about 15-20 years.HPV types 16,18 are the high risk types. .

About the vaccine.

  • UK Department of Health choose the vaccine for its national human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme
  • The vaccine has been found to be more effective when administered to adolescent girls before they become sexually active(age 9 to 26).
  • The vaccine is effective only against two types of HPV.
  • The vaccine cost is very high
More facts about Cervical Cancer
  • Having more than one sexual partners increases the risks of cervical cancer.
  • Condoms offer some protection against cervical cancer
  • Cervical cancer is the fifth moth deadly cancer in woman.(GSK sites says its the third)
  • It kills about kills about 9 per 100,000 per year.
 GSK site says that
"Vaccination is expected to significantly reduce the lifetime risk of cervical cancer "

We cant always make wise decisions , but some times we can.
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December 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM delete

Don’t miss the book “The HPV Vaccine Controversy: Sex, Cancer, God and Politics” authored by Shobha S. Krishnan, M.D, Barnard college, Columbia University. It is written without the influence of any pharmaceutical companies or special interest groups. The book educates both professionals and the public about HPV infections, the diseases they cause and the role/ controversies surrounding the new vaccines. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, June 17th 2009) calls the book superb and a terrific contribution to the field. It is available at amazon.com, Barnes and Noble .com and through international distributors. Website: http://www.thehpvbook.com/

December 20, 2009 at 8:52 PM delete

Thanks for your valuable comment, I will be more happy if you have revealed your anonymity.

February 11, 2010 at 7:41 PM delete

i tried to search info about this vaccine in our city, a friend asked about it. but seemed it's not available now in our provice (anhui). both my daughters now are still under 9 yrs old. i heard it could cost about several hundreds US$, depend on in which countries