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hungarianelephant's Avatar Jump to comment 76 by hungarianelephant

Comment 35 by veggiemanuk :

Just a few ponts:

100% of Cervical Cancer is thought to be caused by HPV.

There are more than 120 HPV types so far identified and refered to by number.

15 of these are of High risk of causing Cancer, (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN), penile intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).

In total, about 30-40 types are transmitted through sexual contact.

Types 16 & 18 account for about 70% of cervical cancers, 80% of anal cancers, 60% of vaginal cancers, and 40% of vulvar cancers.

Types 6 & 11 account for 90% of genital warts.

As I understand it, though, current HPV vaccines are ineffective against strains which cause 80% of cervical cancers. It was for this reason that Ireland abandoned the HPV vaccine in favour of improved treatment and ... er ... screening.

The Irish Daily Mail campaigned against this change. Which was not entirely consistent with the Daily Mail's stance on the vaccine being available in he UK.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:59:30 UTC | #929847