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HPV vaccine over age 26 – is it worth it?

Currently the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines are approved in the United States up to the age of 26. This has nothing to do with safety but due to the fact that the studies submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involved this age range. The HPV vaccines were primarily studied in women aged … Continue reading

The HPV vaccine protects African American and white women equally from cancer

The Internet, or parts of it, claims the HPV vaccine is ineffective or less effective for African American women than for white women. This idea appears to have originated with Bustle and their take on a study that looked at HPV types in women undergoing testing of pre-cancers of the cervix. Drawing conclusions about the … Continue reading

The importance of the HPV vaccine in one graphic. Really.

Here are the percentage of cancers (by site and sex) due to HPV 16/18 and 31/33/45/52/58 The older HPV vaccine covers HPV 16/18. The new 9 valent HPV vaccine protects against 16/18 as well as 31/33/45/52/58. The vaccines are highly effective and have already begun to reduce pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix. Current data indicates … Continue reading

What if the HPV vaccine only lasts for 10 years?

Once of the concerns tossed around by critics of the HPV vaccine is the fear that it might only delay HPV infections. This was brought up by Dr. Harper on the infamous Katie Couric HPV episode, it’s also not an infrequent comment left on my blog, and of course it’s bandied about by a variety … Continue reading

Dear Toronto Star, your Gardasil article isn’t about transparency

The title of the Toronto Star’s misleading front page article about vaccine safety has been changed. No longer is it “A Wonder drug’s dark side,” now it reads “Families seek more transparency on HPV vaccine.” They just don’t get it, do they? Here we have a vaccine that can protect from the virus that causes cervical cancer. … Continue reading

7 questions the Toronto Star must answer about their Gardasil story

Mr. Cruickshank, Mr. Cooke, and Ms. English, I have many concerns about your article HPV Vaccine Gardasil has a dark side and request a response to these seven issues: 1. Mr. Cruickshank stated on CBC Radio As it Happens that “doctors” brought “virtually all of the anecdotes” of claimed vaccine injury to the Toronto Star. … Continue reading

Is power morecellation during a hysterectomy really unsafe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about power morcellation during hysterectomy and myomectomy (surgery to remove uterine fibroids), raising concerns about these devices spreading unanticipated cancers. There have been several reports in the literature and the press alike of this happening and when it does it significantly worsens the prognosis.  The American Congress … Continue reading

Does digital mammography really save lives or it is pink Kool-Aid?

There has been a lot back and forth over the mammography study in the BMJ. Excellent or flawed? The beginning of the end of screening mammography or an article to be discarded? Miller et. al.’s study has further opened (perhaps blew the lid off?) the can of worms surrounding screening mammography and the pro-mammography contingent (mostly radiologists and … Continue reading

Did the American College of Radiology accuse the BMJ mammography authors of misconduct?

This week the BMJ published the latest results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). A brief summary of the CNBSS: Women were randomly assigned to annual mammography or breast exams and then the outcomes tracked. The results in the BMJ: mammography did not improve survival. This is a very interesting study and when … Continue reading

Raise cigarette taxes $2 a pack to pay for new lung cancer screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventative Services Task force has issued a new recommendation: annual CT scan screening for lung cancer for high-risk smokers between the ages of 55 and 80. Who is a high risk smoker? Anyone with a 30-pack year smoking history (meaning a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 … Continue reading

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