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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-04-07 12:18 PM
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63. here's some real data for ya --
THURSDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- An international study shows that the cervical cancer vaccine that received government approval in the United States last year also protects women against vulval and vaginal cancers.

The findings seem to confirm that human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for virtually all cases of cervical cancer, is also responsible for many cases of vulval and vaginal cancer. HPV is present in 80 percent of the 6,000 cases of vulval and vaginal cancers diagnosed in the United States each year.

"We've spent a lot of time over the last 20 years trying to show that HPV was associated with vulval and vaginal cancers, so that's very exciting," said Dr. Leo Twiggs, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "It's the answer to whether the cause is HPV."

"This is very impressive," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. "We're having a paradigm shift. It's very hard for a lot of people to recognize that we can actually prevent cancer, and it's very hard for people to recognize that certain types of cancer are sexually transmitted. The vaccine is very good. It is not perfect. It does not protect against every viral infection from HPV, but it protects against the ones that are the most common."
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