Via Insider at Pharmagossip. This title was too good not to repost here and the story in Insider’s post comes straight from a British Sunday paper.
Human papilloma virus, or HPV, is responsible for the majority of cases of cervical cancer. From the American Cancer Society website:
The disease kills more than 288,000 women worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. In the US, cervical cancer is expected to strike more than 9,700 women in 2006, and kill about 3,700.
Religious conservative attempts to try and deny access to the newly-approved HPV vaccine might actually make me go to church this morning…to open up a few cans of whoop-ass.
As Prof Stemwedel intimated on Thursday, to politicize a US FDA-approved vaccine and keep it from being deemed ‘standard of care’ could result in lack of vaccine access to children of the poor.
Enough already. Believe what you wish but get out of the way of public health.
Does the US religious right really want to be responsible for the deaths of more young American women every year than the total number of people killed in the 11 September terrorist attacks?