• Does the HPV vaccine help prevent cervical cancer?

    Asked by Julianna on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Does the HPV vaccine help prevent cervical cancer?

    I am planning on my daughter getting the vaccine and was just wondering exactly what it's supposed to do.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Yes - the HPV virus has been identified as causing cervical cancer, the vaccine helps the body build immunity (just like all vaccines) and protects both females and males from catching and spreading the HPV virus.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Both my daughters received the vaccine....one is 15 and the other 27.....anything I/we can do to help prevent cancer is a high priority.....

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Yes, its a very important tool in the fight against cancer..Children as young as 9 can take the vaccine both of my children at 9 got it.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I guess I have to play devils advocate but I specialize in gyne cancers and whats more, I have dealt with many cervical cancer patients both in oncology and in end of life. I also have an extensive background in research so I know that my answer here is based on statistics and patient information. I have to say that there is no good answer to your question. If I had a daughter or son who was of age for the vaccine, I would not let them get it. I have seen too many kids suffer from seizure activity as a result of that vaccine. I have studied HPV and as of late I have begun to map these viruses genetically. To date, there are 200 HPV genotypes identified, nearly 40 of them can affect the cervix and at least 15 are referred to as hrHPV (high risk HPV). If I remember correctly, Gardasil covers only 5 strains of the virus. From the work I have done so far, the virus is about 8000 base pairs long, codes for about 8 proteins, and is divided into 3 types: early (E1-E6), late (L1-L2), and long coding regions (LCR). Now I am sure this might look like chinese to you, but each one attacks a specific oncogene or tumor supressor gene. For instance, E6 is known for the ability to associate and degrade tumor suppressor p53. So each one looks for something different. It would be hard to make a drug based on the behavior of a virus. Viruses are living organisms and more than that, they know how to adapt. They have the ability to change and communicate with other viruses, bacterium and prions. They trade resistance. Unlike a bacterium, they need you and your cells to survive. If you die, they die, so they are crafty in finding ways to populate and at the same time keep you viable. There are many things that research is lending it to of late and as targeted therapies come on line more and more, I think there will be something to combat this virus, I do find it unrealistic to think we can prevent it. So intelligent are viruses that they know you will try to wipe them out. Like the herpes virus, they hide out in the one place you cant get to, trailing on nerve endings like that chicken pox that returns 50 years later as shingles. If you are going to vaccinate your daughter, make sure that you ask about the possibility of her having an adverse effect like seizure activity as a result of the drug. If she should, how will the doctor address it? Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago

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