FDA Approved Gardasil 9: Covers 5 additional strains of HPV

Vaccines are subject to licensure in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following studies that address safety and efficacy. FDA approved Gardasil in 2006 for females 9-26 years of age to protect against cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 and genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11. Just …

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Scared of Treatment for Oral Cancer

  Dear Eva, I am a dental hygienist and I have just been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in my right tonsil. I’m finding it all very frightening. I’m 46, but up until this I felt 28, fit and healthy. Or so I thought! I’m scared about the treatment. Jennifer Jennifer, There is a high probability that the squamous cell …

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HPV – What’s the scoop?

This is an excerpt from a New York Times article by DONALD G. MCNEIL JR. and ANAHAD O’CONNOR with some practical, easy to understand information: There is no point in testing for HPV in the throat. Even if you are positive for HPV 16, the type responsible for oral cancer, only 1% will actually get oral cancer. The Pap test …