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Old 25-06-2007, 04:02 AM   #18
phoenixchilde
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Originally Posted by whitenight639 View Post
which virus is it that causes (this) cancer? how many girls/ women are affected?
how long has this virus been around? what are the chances of getting cervical cancer with this virus?
is cervical cancer as bigger killer as breast cancer and other forms of cancer?
The virus causing cervical cancer is called human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. God only knows how long it's been around, like any other virus. It was identified in the 70s.

I don't know what the odds are of getting the cancer from that virus, but it apparently affects 1 in 123 women each year. It is not a very lethal virus, only causing death in 15% of cases that get to their final stages. The biggest problem is that it can lead to infertility. I'm sure most women you know don't want to be infertile.

In my opinion, the biggest reason why this new vaccine is a good thing, is the simple fact that no one know anything about this. New vaccine leads to awareness, which means that more people realize that this exists.
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