posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 02:41 PM
Don't get your hopes up about the good news
in the war on cancer just yet.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Is Found Effective
An experimental vaccine has proved highly effective at preventing cervical cancer in a two-year study involving more than 12,000 women,
researchers reported today.
The vaccine works by making people immune to two types of a sexually transmitted virus that cause most cases of the disease.
The vaccine, Gardasil, is made by Merck, which plans to apply for approval to the Food and Drug Administration before the end of this year and, if the
vaccine is approved, to market it in 2006.
If it were widely used, the vaccine could save many lives. Worldwide, there are about 500,000 new cases of cervical cancer a year, and 290,000
Some powerful hate groups posing as "Christian" lobbying organizations aren't so sure it's a good idea to prevent cervical cancer.
Tony Perkins' Family Research Council
is considering extending it's outreach
program from merely spreading homophobia and opposing civil liberties to giving cancer a fighting chance.
The Religious Right Hearts Cancer
DEATHS from cervical cancer could jump fourfold to a million a year by 2050, mainly in developing countries. This could be prevented by
soon-to-be-approved vaccines against the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer - but there are signs that opposition to the vaccines might
lead to many preventable deaths.
The trouble is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is sexually transmitted. So to prevent infection, girls will have to be vaccinated before they
become sexually active, which could be a problem in many countries.
In the US, for instance, religious groups are gearing up to oppose vaccination, despite a survey showing 80 per cent of parents favour vaccinating
their daughters. "Abstinence is the best way to prevent HPV," says Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group
that has made much of the fact that, because it can spread by skin contact, condoms are not as effective against HPV as they are against other viruses
such as HIV.
"Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex," Maher
claims, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus.
have since gone dark on initial public concerns possibly due to the powerful lobbying presence of their
co-conspirators in unrelated evil, Merck, the Republican contribution machine. The fact that 80% of Americans actually want
to vaccinate their
daughters against cervical cancer is of no concern to fringe fundamental extremists.
Time will tell if they can figure out how to support cancer and unregulated health care profits at the same time while making the whole thing the
fault of mainstream America somehow persecuting them. Where there's a will, there's a way. Don't count this up and coming hate group out just yet.
The mailing list of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke
goes a long way, and buys
a lot of "compassionate conservatism."
[edit on 12-10-2005 by RANT]