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HPV vaccine: it’s a complicated issue

Following a trend of suspicion about vaccinations in general, the HPV vaccine has, perhaps, caused the most uproar. The vaccines created to protect against certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which scientists have linked to cervical cancer, are surrounded by controversy. And with several governmental agencies seeking to make the vaccine mandatory, it is important to take a look at what the fuss is all about.

Cervical cancer was once one of the top ten causes of cancer death for American women

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, but that rate dropped dramatically with an increased use of the Pap test. According to the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), cervical cancer accounted for 0.8% of all new cancer cases in the U.S. in 2017, and ranked 21st with 12,820 new cases and 4210 deaths estimated in that year. By comparison, breast cancer is #1 with 252,710 new cases each year and 40,610 deaths.

 

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