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Unread 04-07-2008, 01:45 AM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

Hi sisters,

Last friday a friend texted me to watch our national morning news. It was about cervical and endometrial cancers etc, al those that appliy to women.

Anyway, they mentioned that there is now a vaccine for sexually active women and younger ladies that are sexually active and for those that are not. It was said that this vaccine can prevent our types of cancers from occuring.

I was dumb founded, and stunned. So later that day, I called my Dr's rooms and his nurses agreed that there is a vaccine which is going to be on the market very shortly.

Apparently it is very expensive but worthwhile in the long run coz they have seen our types of cancer in too many young women nowadays. The only unfortunate side is that it was too late for me. I already have the cancer.

Recently most friends and families who have not heard that I have cancer, has been forwarding me emails about cervical cancer etc.

I just think that the gyn/obs should have it compulsory that at every pap smear a women should have the CA 125 tests done. It could save many lives.

I just thought I would share this with you ladies. South Africa is a 3rd world country and I was so surprised to find that there is now a vaccine to help save millions of lives.

My hyst has finally got a date which is 5th of May. I am looking forward to my holiday shortly on 24 April and then when I come back, I don't have time to time, I go straight after the weekend to surgery. Monday morning.

Thanks sisters for listening to me. Hugs and kisses to your all.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 02:36 AM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

We have a vaccine here now for cervical cancer called Gardasil.. I have not heard of it being used for endometrial cancer. It is to protect the cervix from the virus HPV that causes cervical cancer. They suggest women that have not had the vaccine (like most of us) to also get an HPV test with their Pap.
Unread 04-07-2008, 12:43 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

Hi Pattie O,

I am not hundred percent sure exactly which cancer it was for, as I was rushing and getting dressed for work. Anyway, all I heard was a vaccine for cervical and other similar cancers in women.

will find out from our clinic and dr's, whom ever is carrying the vaccine.


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Unread 04-07-2008, 05:51 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

Gardasil is available in the U.S., given to girls 10 and up, so not just to "sexually active" women but rather trying to immunize before sexual activity. It is supposed to protect against the two most cancer-causing types of HPV and does not, from my understanding, protect against endometrial cancer. Most of my 12 yo DD's friends are getting it or have gotten it; when we get our insurance issues straightened out, my DD will get it also.

It is not 100% against all types of cervical cancer, but if it cuts down the incidence of cancer due to HPV, that's good enough for me to insist my DD get it (even though it's three shots, over three months).

Some states in the U.S. are considering making it mandatory for all girls in public schools; most of the insurers do pay for it now.

Hope this answers the question!

Unread 04-07-2008, 05:57 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

Gardisil is used to protect agains 70% of cancers caused by HPV. Not all cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus. Some of the more aggressive cervical cancers are not caused by HPV just by drawing the short straw It is always good to get checked regularly and to if you are sexually active talk to your doctor about the Gardisil shot which will help prevent some of the cervical cancers but remember NOT ALL!! Good luck and pass the word i can not believe that just like me who went two years without a pap because of insurance reasons there are many women out there who have waited longer and I have two close family members that are now getting tested because they waited even longer then me one 5 years and one 4 and I waited 2 and had cervical cancer. PASS IT ON TO EVERYONE!!
Unread 04-07-2008, 06:04 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

And Gardasil isn't effective against ALL forms of HPV, just the ones that most commonly cause cancer.

At least that is my understanding.

The nurses at our doctor's office said that it will eventually also be available for men.. to keep them from spreading it to the women.
Unread 04-07-2008, 06:20 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

That is the best news I have heard in a long time... We women seem to have to take responsibility all the time... About time the men take some of this too> :-)
Unread 04-07-2008, 06:29 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

i read that there will be an hpv vaccine available for boys/men in 2009...makes sense to me.

apparently men can get genital warts from the hpv virus as well as spreading it.

i sincerely hope that these vaccines prove to be successful in preventing the spread of certain hpv strains and reduce the incidence of cervical cancers.
Unread 04-07-2008, 06:38 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

It will be fun (not) talking my 19 (by then 20) y/o into getting the series of shots in 2009.

Did it once with the one that is now 21.. glad we got it done b4 she was active.
Unread 04-07-2008, 07:22 PM
Vaccine for our types of cancer

hello bhavna. yes, there is currently a vaccine called gardasil by merck available in the u.s. and elsewhere, and another called cervarix by glaxosmithkline which has not yet received fda approval but is in use outside the u.s.. both of these vaccines target the two strains of hpv that cause 70% of cervical cancers. gardasil also targets two additional strains that cause most of the instances of genital warts.

as you'll read more about hpv, you'll learn that all cervical cancer is caused by hpv, though most people who have hpv do not get cervical cancer. medical research has shown that all squamous and all adenocarcinoma cervical cancers are caused by hpv. There are a few rare cervical cancers, called clear cell, if i remember correctly, that may not be caused by hpv, and to account for these rare instances, the american cancer society says that 99.8% or virtually all cervical cancers are caused by hpv.

in fact, there are many types of hpv....over 100 strains. hpv is what causes warts on people's hands and feet. and then there are the oncogenic strans that have the potential to cause cervical cancer as well as vaginal, anal, and oral cancers. if you want to find out more information, i would encourage you to check out the national cervical cancer coalition which makes many efforts in cervical cancer detection and protection both in the u.s. and outside the u.s. - their website is

and, the following page on the american cancer society's website explains a bit further what hpv is:

the current vaccines in use are preventative vaccines, but there's current research being done on therapeutic vaccines which would be for women who already have one of the oncogenic strains of hpv.

hope all this info is helpful to you!

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