Cervical Cancer has been linked to a family of viruses, known as Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. Now a vaccine is being studied that may prevent Cervical Cancer. There are more than 30 strains of the virus, one strain called HPV-16 has been found in 50% of Cervical Cancers in women.
Now a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds vaccinating women against HPV-16 is successful in protecting those women against Cervical Cancer. "It's tremendous. This will revolutionize our field of medicine. There's really not a vaccine that exists to prevent a cancer so that this is a truly amazing event," says Dr. Daron Ferris of the Medical College of Georgia.
That, after a three year study of more than 2,000 women. Specifically, there were no cases of the virus strain or pre-cancers in women who got the vaccine. Since it has estimated that nearly 15,000 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer every year, researchers say a vaccine that could protect again a known risk factor could have the potential of saving thousands of lives. The only problem, it will take years before the HPV vaccine becomes widely available.
The vaccine would eventually cut down on Cervical Cancer, which now kills 250,000 women worldwide every year.