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The Hidden Victims of Cervical Cancer:

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Press coverage of two new cervical cancer vaccines has focused largely on the latest wrinkle in the so-called culture wars – whether providing the vaccines to prepubescent girls will encourage them to have sex given that the vaccines protect against a skin-to-skin contact disease that is primarily transmitted through sexual activity and can cause cervical cancer. What should not be lost in this debate is who gets cervical cancer and what can be done to safeguard the health of those most at risk.

Merck and GlaxoSmithKline recently announced two vaccines that show nearly 100 percent efficacy in protecting women against the two most dangerous strains of HPV (human papilloma virus),[1] which together cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. This medical breakthrough could end up being the most important advance in women’s health in the past