Sunday, September 20, 2009

More HPV Virus Infections??

Apparently more health officials are seeing a rise in girls and young women who have the HPV virus. This HPV virus (as we've talked about in class) is linked to cervical cancer as well as other illnesses. Just to play devil's advocate...could this rise in the number of women with HPV be linked to the rise in women receiving the HPV vaccine? While I know that it is unlikely, watching the video in the news report on this website makes me question why there are more cases of HPV being discovered in women 18-20 years of age. Scary thought : cervical cancer is the 5th most deadly cancer among women. Health officials say that spreading the message about the importance of getting this vaccine is one of the greatest ways to prevent cervical cancer that could have been prevented.

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