Navigation Links
Study Shows Continued Success for New HPV Vaccine Against Virus

A new vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent effective against the two types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Results of a nationwide study of the vaccine will be published in the May 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

But for the next generation of young women, a series of three shots of a new HPV vaccine marketed by Merck under the name Gardasil could make the difference in preventing cervical cancer. The vaccine targets HPV types 16 and 18, which cause about 70 percent of all cases of cervical cancer. It also targets HPV types 6 and 11, which together cause about 90 percent of all cases of genital warts.

Researchers at more than a dozen international medical centers evaluated the efficacy of quadrivalent vaccine targeting HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18 in more than 12,000 women ages 15 to 26 in 13 countries for nearly three years. They found a near 100 percent efficacy rate in prevention of HPV types 16 and 18.

"It's the first vaccine designed specifically to prevent cancer," says Dr. Ault, one of the authors of the study and a key researcher in the development of the vaccine. "The two main things to emphasize are the vaccine efficacy and the safety. These clinical trials have consistent efficacy around 98 percent. And severe reactions to the vaccine appear to be rare."

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 20 million men and women in the US are infected with HPV, and more than six million new infections are reported each year, making it the most common sexually transmitted disease in the nation.

"Nearly all sexually active people are going to get exposed to the virus sometime during their lives," says Dr. Ault. "For most people, HPV causes no complications and goes away on its own. However, in some cases, if left untreated, certain high-risk types of HPV can l ead to cervical cancer.

"The goal of the study was to see if we could prevent precancerous cases and we were 98 percent effective. Everyone who gets cancer goes through a pre-cancerous stage," says Ault. "There are about 50 to 60 million pap smears performed each year in the US, and about seven percent are abnormal. We spend about 3 billion dollars each year to find and treat these pre-cancerous stages caused by some type of HPV."

Researchers believe the vaccine will be effective in lowering a girl's lifetime risk of cervical cancer. To that end Merck launched the national "One Less" campaign last year, which encourages females eligible for the vaccine to begin their vaccination series of three shots over six months and to continue seeing their doctor for regular checkups and screenings.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Tomato Sauce reduces Cancer Risk- Study
2. Study on obesity and heart failure
3. National Lung Study in the process
4. Study casts doubt on keyboard ills
5. Study reveals how stress can make you sick
6. Study reveals how stress can make you sick
7. Study supports vegetable diet
8. Study to look at early surgery to treat epilepsy
9. Its Never Too Late to Stop Smoking,Study Finds
10. New Technique to Study Infants Brain.
11. Groundbreaking Study Gives Hope For Patients With Kidney Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/9/2016)... , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... at The Pierre Hotel in New York, NY, on December 3rd, to benefit ... and physicians attended the annual event, which raised over $1 million - the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Florida Hospital Tampa Wound ... Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric medicine. This accreditation identifies the ... hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This is the second time the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Management (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions ... Eric Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... access for customers and employees that are both engaging and easy to use. ... Smart Technology, the software company revealed today its plans to roll out new ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... California Senate Bill (SB) 863, signed into law ... in 2013 and 2014, according to CompScope™ Medical Benchmarks for California, 17th Edition ... to the study, medical payments per claim in California decreased 4 percent in 2013 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... ... vaccines market to grow at a CAGR of 6.83% during the ... the growth prospects of the global travel vaccines market for 2016-2020. ... from the sales of various vaccines administered to actively immunize meningococcal ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ: IRIX ) today ... common stock, $0.01 par value (the "Offering" with such shares ... final terms of the Offering will depend on market and ... be no assurance as to whether or when the Offering ... net proceeds it will receive from this offering for working ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  The global biosurgery ... 8.8% during the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. ... by 2021 from USD 18.21 billion in 2016. The ... rising incidences of sports related injuries and spinal problems, ... rising need of effective blood loss management. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: