RE: Cervical Cancer Vaccine Seen As Safe
>I'm not liking these quotes though:
>"A vaccine that blocks infection by the four virus types that
>cause most cervical cancers and genital warts appears safe and
>effective, but may actually increase the chance of disease in
>some patients, according to Food and Drug Administration
>documents released Wednesday."
As I understand it it protects from the main kids of HPV that lead to cervical cancer and that some types of HPV do not.
>"the vaccine may lead to an increased number of cases of a
>cancer precursor among patients already infected by any of the
>four virus types at the time they receive the vaccine, and
>whose immune systems have not cleared the virus from their
That is why any daughter of mine would get it before she was sexually active and just to be VERY sure, I would have it done WELL before it would be a possibility. I beleive I have heard it would be reccommended for pre-teen girls.
>"FDA staff also asked that the committee examine five cases
>where children with birth defects were born to women who had
>received the vaccine around the time of conception."
This was huge, full trial investigation. 5 women delivering babies in a huge trial of 18-24 yo women with birth deffects does not indicate a correlation. Something to look at but not a reason to toss out the vaccine.
>I think I'll be skipping it for now :)
I am just thrilled that I will hopefully have this available by the time I might have a young daughter. Cervical cancer was a tragic way to lose my great grandmother and it cost my mother a great deal as well.
I participated in a 3 year phase of this trial. So who knows I may already have the vaccine.
Katie, mama to a pair of boys one little and one not so little.
"No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people - and I have no doubt that this will be no exception. The march of freedom that has sustained our country since the Revolution of 1776 continues, and no matter what setbacks may occur in a given state, freedom will triumph over fear and equality will prevail over exclusion." -Michael Bloomberg