The first point to be aware of is that the risk of death from cervical cancer Is very small. Two in every 100 cancers diagnosed in women are for
cervical cancer, which if picked up early with a pap smear test, is very treatable. Most cases are thought to be caused by a strain of the Human
Papilloma Virus (HPV).
The greatest risk comes from unprotected sex from multiple partners.
However, in more than 90 percent of all cases the infection resolves on its own and does not lead to any health complications.Currently there are
about 900 deaths a year from cervical cancer, most of which could be eliminated with faster diagnosis encouraging pap smears if any symptoms develop,
the most obvious being a small bump or group of bumps (possible warts) in the genital area.Let’s assume that, with self-screening for symptoms, and
early pap smears, the death rate could be halved. Given that there are about 2 million teenage girls that means a girl’s risk is about 1 in 5,000.
But if your daughter is not in the ‘promiscuous/unprotected sex’ category, this has got to, at least, halve her risk.
So, a more realistic risk of cervical cancer death would be 1 in 10,000. That’s about the same as the risk of a teenager being killed in a road
What I find outrageous is that the website 123againsthpv.co.uk doesn’t say anything about watching out for genital bumps/warts, getting a pap smear
test, or the dangers associated with promiscuity and unprotected sex. It just pushes the vaccine Gardasil. (This isn’t an NHS ad campaign. The
vaccine is made by Sanofi Pasteur, who own the website. When did it become legal in Britian to advertise drugs? Can anyone tell me how Sanofi Pasteur
got permission?)Level of Benefit versus Risk of Harm from VaccinationSome experts claim the vaccine is, at best, 20% effective. Some say ‘clinical
trials show no evidence that HPV vaccination can protect against cervical cancer.’ (Annals of Medicine, 2011). This is partly because there are many
strains of HPV, and a vaccine will only target some, but it is also because the clinical evidence of efficacy isn’t that good. But what about the
risk of harm?
The first vaccine to be pushed in the UK was GSK’s Cervarix vaccine. Concerns were raised about the vaccine when a 14-year-old schoolgirl, collapsed
and died within hours of receiving the Cervarix vaccine. However, it has since been reported that she apparently died from an underlying cancer,
rather than from a reaction to the vaccine. Another became paralysed following the vaccine. It is not known if the vaccine caused these problems.
Adverse effects are quite common, with over 5,000 reported after about 1 million vaccinations. The VAERS database (Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting
System), which monitors reactions in the US, reports numerous cases of autoimmune disorders contracted after receiving the HPV vaccine. These side
effects now include hundreds of reports of cervical dysplasia, and also many reports of cervical cancer - the very same thing the vaccine is meant to
They point out that the number of reported adverse reactions can be expected to be a fraction of the actual number of adverse reactions.Some
researchers claim that this vaccine is well tolerated and ‘true’ adverse events are uncommon, however we have to be aware that there is a general
medical denial of vaccine or drug-related reactions and consequently vast under-reporting. Self-reporting via organisations such as VAERS and
also rxisk.org will help to flush out denied reactions.So the odds of a reaction are, at least, in the order of 1 in 200, which is a much higher
level of risk than benefit. A recent review concludes “In the Western world cervical cancer is a rare disease with mortality rates that are
several times lower than the rate of reported serious adverse reactions (including deaths) from HPV vaccination.
”Massive concerns about Gardasil, the vaccine currently being pushed at teenage girls, both through schools, GP practices and direct advertising,
are being expressed by health experts in the US, where vaccination was first pushed heavily. Dr Diane Harper, one of the lead researchers on
Gardasail, told CBS news in an interview that the available data suggests the vaccine’s protective effects do not last beyond five years.She
stated:“If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last… we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no
benefit. The benefit to public health is nothing; there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for
at least 15 years, and over 70 percent of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.” She concludes that enough serious side effects
have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent.The HPV Vaccine is Not
Worth the Risk
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edit on 8/30/13 by PtolemyII because: (no reason given)
8/30/13 by PtolemyII because: (no reason given)