Wednesday, February 21, 2007

HPV mandate for middle school girls will not cure most cases of cervical cancer

An article in today's Washington Times points out that administering Gardasil to pre-teen girls would be ineffective against most cases of cervical cancer.

Why?

Because the drug is only proven to last 5 years, by the time they are 16-18 years old, the drug is probably ineffective. But the average cervical cancer patient is 47 years old. In fact, more than 70 percent of cervical cancer patients were older than 40. According to infectious disease specialists and cancer pathologists, the incubation period of the virus is 10-15 years, meaning that the average cervical cancer patient contracted the HPV that caused the cancer in her 30's--long after Gardasil would have worn off from middle school vaccinations.

So since such vaccinations are said to be effective against 70 percent of cervical cancers, administering it before middle school would miss the vast majority of these. Cervical cancer is on the National Institute for Health's list of rare diseases. Now we have a drug that will apparently only prevent a few of these rare cases.

So what was the reason for mandating it again?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Using the Moonie Times as a relaible news source shows just how weak your arguments are.

Are you a Moonie too?