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Will Australians succeed in eradicating cervical cancer?

Good news, from the other side of the world: Australians are on the way to eradicating cervical cancer. Not through painful treatments, radiation or chemotherapy, but through a simple vaccine, which is already working for them.

Human papillomavirus vaccine. Source: Pan American Health Organization.
Human papillomavirus vaccine. source: Pan American Health Organization.

Most cases of cervical cancer, it turns out, are caused by a virus called the "human papilloma virus" or HPV for short. The virus reaches the cervical area during intercourse, infects the cells in the area, and over many years may stimulate them to get out of control and develop a cancerous tumor.

Just realizing that there is such a thing - a virus that causes cancer - is a pretty amazing thing. But the good news is From the moment we realized that it was a virus, we also realized that it would be possible to stop it. And so a little more than a decade ago a vaccine was invented against the most harmful strains of HPV.

In 2007, the Australians started a voluntary program to vaccinate girls aged 12 and over, completely free and at school, against the human papilloma virus. The original vaccine protected against four strains of the virus, which caused seventy percent of cervical cancer cases. The more advanced vaccine, which came into use in January in Australia, protects against nine strains that cause ninety percent of cervical cancer cases.

The results can be seen already today: just one decade after the program started, the number of women aged 18-24 who were infected with HPV dropped from 22.7% to only 1.5%. The meaning, according to researcher Susan Garland, is that the number of Australian women who will develop cervical cancer should drop by 2050 from 3,000 women a year, to only a handful [1]. And according to a new study she published, four strains of HPV should become extinct in the coming decades, if only Australians continue to vaccinate [2].

Of course, we are not going to get rid of cervical cancer completely. Even if the entire population is vaccinated, there will always be rare cases in which the cancer in the same area breaks out spontaneously and regardless of the viruses against which they are vaccinated. But imagine a world in which we reduce by ninety percent the incidence of cancer of any kind - this is the future we are entering in the case of cervical cancer, and it is a future that would have seemed like science fiction in the early XNUMXs. Medicine progressed, and suddenly - the impossible became possible.

If science continues to advance and if we are smart enough to use its fruits, expect that in the coming decades we will begin to effectively vaccinate and treat many more types of cancer. The world becomes a better place, for all of us.

for life!

You are welcome to read more about the future of medicine in my book who control the future, in the selected bookstores (and those that are just fine).

For those who want to learn more about vaccines in general, and the current vaccine in particular, it is recommended to enter the association's group aware and be exposed to the discussions and detailed answers on these topics.


[1] - Australia's cervical cancer vaccine might eradicate the disease

[2] - Very Low Prevalence of Vaccine Human Papillomavirus Types Among 18- to 35-Year Old Australian Women 9 Years Following Implementation of Vaccination

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  1. Those who fall into the 5-10% category of side effects. Preventive drug treatment must not have such a high rate of patients.

  2. Any vaccine may have side effects and serious consequences for certain individuals
    When you put in a vaccine, you take into account all the risks!!!! And if there is such a drastic decrease in the case of uterine cancer, and on the other hand, the amount of vaccination affected is much smaller, then it is probably worth getting vaccinated
    The vaccine is not mandatory and everyone takes it at their own discretion

    I'm not against and I'm not for, I'm just saying that everything should be explained when talking about vaccination, both the good and the bad

  3. The side effects of the vaccine: between 1% and 10% of the girls suffer from the side effects of the beginning of a tumor. Other common symptoms are itching at the injection site, headaches, joint pain.

    That is why the vaccine is not yet widespread in Israel.

  4. I know someone in the medical world and he refuses to vaccinate with this vaccine. I understand there are strong side effects to the vaccine.

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