Well obviously you can make whatever decision you want for your child but no one can argue with math and statistics.
"The cervical cancer rate has been dropping for years. I am not sure about HPV. CDC graph."
"Between 1955 and 1992, the rate of cervical cancer deaths in the U.S. declined by nearly 70%. It continued declining more gradually to 2003. It has since stabilized."
So cervical cancer did have a sharp decline initially due to an increase of pap smears but has been stable since 2003. In 2009 there were
- 12,357 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer.
- 3,909 women in the United States died from cervical cancer.
The predicted number for 2012
- In 2012, an estimated 12,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women.
- In 2012, an estimated 4,220 U.S. women will die from the disease
So again, it has not dropped since 2003.
Also, "Currently, the lifetime risk of developing cervical cancer among U.S. women is approximately 1 in 147." What is the rate of death from a guardasil vaccine again? Out of the tens of millions of doses that have been given ? Even if we say that all the 135 claimed deaths were from the vaccine that is 135 out of 79 million doses so .000171%
The vaccine protects against the two strains that cause over 70 percent of all cervical cancers.
There is literally no way anyone can say that statistically their child is more likely to die from the vaccine than from cervical cancer. No way. You cannot argue with math.
I do understand people that don't want to give the chicken pox vaccine, I really do. Your chance of dying from chicken pox is extremely low. Plus you would need boosters in adulthood to keep yourself from catching it then and having it be more serious. Even Polio I get because the numbers are so miniscule. But HPV? I am sorry I will just never understand your reasoning behind this one. You need to look at the BALANCE of risk. No vaccine/medication comes with zero risk. But the tiny risk your child might suffer from a serious reaction to the vaccine or death from the vaccine is so outweighed by the very real risk your child could get cervical cancer.
Edit: Also 32 percent of women who get cervical cancer will die by 5 years. So almost 1 in 3. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/cervical-cancer/statistics
The treatment for the EARLIEST stages of cervical cancer is a hysterectomy often in addition to radiation. More advance cases requires radiation, hysterectomy, and chemo therapy. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cervical-cancer/DS00167/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
This is a very very serious cancer and you should do anything in your power to reduce the chance you daughter will get it.
Mind you, this is only the statistics for cervical cancer. Anal cancer is also almost exclusively contracted through HPV. It kills almost an additional 1,000 people a year and is the cancer Farrah Fawcett died from.
Edited by teacozy - 6/21/13 at 10:56am