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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Cervical cancer vaccine approved

Finally the long awaited vaccine for cervical cancer is here it was approved yesterday by the FDA.It is called Gardasil.Cervical cancer leads to cancer of the vulva and the vagina. So this vaccine comes as a great relief. Appart from being the first cervical cancer vaccine, it is also the first the first vaccine developed to prevent any cancer. It is also a vaccine for genital warts.
It has a few setbacks though:
It is approved for 9-26 year old girls
It does not prevent all HPV strains, it is protective against HPV-18 and HPV-16
which accounts for about 70% of cervical cancers and HPV-6 andHPV-11, which accounts for about 90% of genital warts. The good news though is that it proved 100% effective in clinical trials. For more information on the drug visit WebMD

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