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2nd Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths

Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. In the United States, gynecological cancers, including cervical cancer, are the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths among women. It is estimated that 12,710 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2011.

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Technically Gardasil does not have a booster shot. The vaccine is administered in a series of three shots similar to the DPT that infants receive for protection against Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus which then has a separate booster later on. In addition Gardasil does not protct against most types of HPV that cause cancer. Instead, it protects against two of the high risk strains which cause 70% of cervical cancers. Aside from cervical dysplasia and/or cancer prevention, the vaccine also protects against vaginal, vulvar, penile and anal dysplasias and/or cancer.

August 10, 2011 - 4:12am

Depending upon which research you utilize, the percentage of individuals whose immune system fails to control the virus such that it enters a dormancy state ranges from 15 to 40%. Most research states 30% of HPV infections will not resolve on their and persist, potentially resulting in abnormal effects of the cells causing dysplasia which can further progress to cancer in many cases if untreated.

August 10, 2011 - 4:00am
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