As a survivor of cervical cancer, I find this really infuriating.
As reported by Angus Chen in STAT:
“A decade ago, a London cancer prevention researcher predicted that the United Kingdom’s national HPV vaccination campaign would take more than 15 years to prevent a majority of cervical cancers. So when he analyzed the data this year, he was stunned to find that the vaccine may already have nearly eliminated cervical cancer in the U.K. among young women.
“If this is right,” Peter Sasieni of King’s College London said of his findings, cervical cancers “could be reduced to about 50 – just 50 cancers in the whole of the U.K. for women under 30. It’s really quite exciting to see that day come – excitement and just joy.”
That joy was tempered with envy in the United States, where some of Sasieni’s peers lamented that the HPV vaccination rate for teenage girls lags far behind — about 59% in the U.S. vs. more than 85% in the U.K. The analysis, published last week in the Lancet, suggests the U.K. has notched a major public health victory against cancer through vaccinating the vast majority of young women against HPV, said Allison Kempe, a pediatrics professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who did not work on the study.”
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I am too old to have gotten this vaccination. I was diagnosed with cancer of the cervix many years before anyone ever heard about a vaccination. Coming from a strict Roman Catholic family, I doubt I would have been allowed to be given the vaccination anyway … I would have had to waited until I was eighteen & out of the house. But at least, I would have been saved going through cancer treatments. This summer, I had to have biopsies again. & I’ve been in remission for over twenty years. Luckily, the nodes were benign but you never know.
We talk of the separation of church & state in America but that’s a myth. People are so hung up on their “religious rights” that their sense of religious identity trumps everything else, including common sense.
I would love to live in a country where people … even religious people … think logically.