One Less Cancer to Worry About (If Only)
Source: The Huffington Post
In 2013, around 12,000 American women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and more than 4,000 will die from it. Globally, cervical cancer is the third most common cancer in women worldwide, killing >275,000 every year. But these numbers will go down, must go down, because cervical cancer is now a fully preventable disease. Or isn't it? For developing countries that need these vaccines the most, the price tag is simply too high. The retail price in the U.S. is about 130 dollars per dose, with three shots required over six months. Encouragingly, the GAVI Alliance recently selected HPV vaccines for support.