1 in 150 Women Get This Cancer – But New Evidence Shows We’ve Started Preventing It. You Can Too.
It’s a devastating, horrible disease that tears families apart, causes financial and psychological stress, and brutally takes lives.
But today, a new study published in Pediatrics showed clearly that the rate of one kind of cancer might be going down very soon. The enemy in our cross-hairs? Cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer currently affects 1 in 150 women in Canada. It’s the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, and fourth most common cause of death from cancer in women.
But 90% of all cases of cervical cancer are caused by a Human Papillomarvirus (HPV) infection. Researchers realized this, and started frantically working on a vaccine to prevent the infection from happening in the first place.
And they did.
It’s basically a cervical cancer vaccine.
A CANCER VACCINE, FOLKS!
Which is why it’s been part of the recommended immunization schedule in many parts of the world for the last few years.
So what did this new study show?
In just the 10 year span since the USA started recommending the shot, infection amongst teens has dropped 64%, and 34% among young adults.
Bonus – this is despite a vaccination rate that is relatively lowcompared to other vaccines. It means that herd immunity is already kicking in, protecting more people than just those who are vaccinated (now imagine if we could reach immunization rates like Rwanda – over 95%!)
It will still take another decade before we can conclusively see how much cervical cancer rates will go down (cervical cancer doesn’t develop from HPV until mid-life), but some initial studies show promise already, with drops in precancerous lesions.
That’s one point for humanity. Take that, cancer.
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