Strains of virus behind cervical cancer found

The Times of India

NEW DELHI: The two most common strains of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) causing cervical cancer in Indian women have now been found.

More than 100 HPV genotypes have been identified in humans till now. But doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences have confirmed that HPV-16 and HPV-18 are the most common types of HPV causing havoc in India. Around 10 women die of cervical cancer every hour in south-east Asia. Shockingly, eight of them are from India.

Presenting their finding at the American Association for Cancer Research Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research meeting, A Raj Kumar Patro from AIIMS’ department of microbiology said, “Although a wide spectrum of HPV is seen across the population of India, vaccinating Indian women against these two strains could eliminate 75% of the cervical cancers in the region.”

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Comment from Leslie

The HPV Vaccine marketing campaign marches across the world….please remember that these strains pass through most women’s bodies in two years.

Suppose their immune systems are compromised which is why Indian women are at such a high risk for contracting HPV and cervical cancer….(won’t even go into men wearing condoms here – that is the easiest and most effective to stop transmission) – a vaccine loaded with toxins is going to take care of the cancer?  At what additional cost to these women’s health.

Luckily there is a strong coalition of women in India who have taken it upon themselves to educate people in their country about the risks of the vaccine.  Their papers to the Health Minister are posted on this blog under “Global Concerns About Gardasil”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.