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CDC.gov advertises for Gardasil on its home page

Posted Feb 13 2010 12:00am
Julie Gerberding moved to Merck last month and CDC simultaneously decided to focus on cervical cancer. What a coincidence! The only cancer mentioned on CDC's home page is cervical cancer, and a chart of cervical cancer incidence by ethnicity is the only statistical information on the home page.

CDC says, "The PAP test and HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer." Yet there is no data to show that adding the HPV vaccine to appropriate PAP screening will prevent any more cancers than PAP screening alone. HPV vaccinations may lead young women to omit screening, if they believe Merck's "one less" advertising slogan. Then the vaccine will increase cervical cancer rates.

CDC is quick to say that uninsured children may still be able to get HPV vaccine through the Vaccines for Children program. Government not only advertises Merck's vaccine; it will even buy it for you!

The page fails to say anything, however, about potential adverse reactions to the vaccine, or about the remaining questions regarding efficacy and duration of effect, thought to be only about 5 years.

The impact of cervical cancer needs to be put into perspective. More than ten times as many women die in the US yearly from breast cancer as from cervical cancer, and they are around the same young age as cervical cancer victims. Nearly twenty times as many women die yearly from lung cancer as from cervical cancer.

CDC's list of the ten top cancers in women doesn't even include cervical cancer! Here it is:

View tabular data for Top 10 Cancer Sites: 2005, Female, United States
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