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HPV: Beyond Cervical Cancer

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With more recent studies identifying HPV as the cause of oral cancer as well, it probably will not be long until Merck applies to the FDA to expand once again the usefulness of Gardasil to include oral cancers as well.

The CDC however recently reported a decline in the number of those eligible for the vaccine and who are choosing to take advantage of it. The rate of vaccination from 2009 to 2010 rose only 5.2 percent.

This brought the total overall vaccination rate, considered to be an individual receiving all three of the shots required to complete the series, to an abysmal 32 percent.

The CDC is concerned, and rightly so, that unless it can turn its vaccination campaign around, there will be another entire generation of women having to deal with the ravages of dysplasia and cervical cancer.

The CDC has a right to be concerned. However, until the government as well as the medical community and the vaccine manufacturers alike begin an all out effort to educate the public regarding the extensive cancer causing potential for HPV, it is unlikely that much will change.


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CDC Media Relations - Press Release: August 25, 2011." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2011/p0825_hpv_vaccine.html?source=govdelivery

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Reviewed September 13, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith

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