Did Cancer Research UK Announce an Alarming 54% Rise in Cervical Cancer?

Why do some people think that the Cancer Research UK announced an alarming 54% rise in cervical cancer?

You don't need to be a genius to figure out that this is all anti-vaccine propaganda.
You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that this is all anti-vaccine propaganda.

The usual suspects…

Did Cancer Research UK Announce an Alarming 54% Rise in Cervical Cancer?

The first thing you should quickly see that’s wrong with Bobby Kennedy‘s statement is that 24-29 year olds are not the first generation to get vaccinated and protected with HPV vaccines.

In fact, they would have been the last generation that wasn’t routinely vaccinated and protected!

“The national HPV vaccination programme began offering vaccination to females in England in September 2008 and has recently extended the offer to include males (from September 2019). This programme offers HPV vaccination routinely to males and females entering year 8 of school (aged 12-13 years) and is almost exclusively delivered in schools. There was a catch-up programme in the first 2 years of the programme to offer vaccination to all females aged up to 18 years in 2008.”

Surveillance of type-specific HPV in sexually active young females in England, to end 2018

And next?

“Incidence rates for cervical carcinoma in situ in the UK are highest in females aged 25 to 29 (2014-2016).”

Cancer Research UK on cervical cancer statistics

Know that the rise that has been seen in the UK is in cervical carcinoma in situ and could just reflect changes to their screening program in recent years.

“Screening from age 20 yrs, rather than from age 25 yrs, would not prevent any more cancers from spreading beyond the cervix (stage II or worse) by age 27 yrs. The substantial increase in stage I cervical cancers in 24 and 25 year old women, corresponds to changes whereby a high proportion of women are now screened for the first time between ages 24.5 and 25.5 yrs. Previously some of these early stage screen detected cancers would have been prevented by treatment of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia following earlier screening and a few would have been screen-detected later – at age 26 or 27 yrs. Others may be slow-growing cancers, some of which could be argued to be over-diagnosed.”

Castanon et al on Is the recent increase in cervical cancer in women aged 20–24 years in England a cause for concern?

Fewer people getting cervical screening on time is also contributing to rising rates of cervical cancer.

“Latest figures show less than three-quarters of women invited for cervical screening take it up – and this falls even further in younger age groups and more deprived regions. Cancer Research UK believes this is part of the reason why cervical cancer still affects over 3,000 people each year.”

Cervical cancer progress falters as screening uptake hits record lows

And the study, “Will HPV Vaccination Prevent Cervical Cancer?,” by Claire Rees in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine?

It is a poorly done “review” that has been heavily criticized.

If this is Rees' revision, I'd hate to see what the original article looked like...
If this is Rees’ revision, I’d hate to see what the original article looked like…

Gardasil has a great safety record, with few risks.

The HPV vaccines are eliminating HPV infections among those who are getting vaccinated and protected.

“Over the next decade, as people who have been vaccinated reach the age when they’re most at risk of cervical cancer, disease rates are expected to fall.”

Cervical cancer progress falters as screening uptake hits record lows

Don’t let propaganda about vaccines scare you away from vaccinating your kids, which in the case of the HPV vaccine, could put them at risk to get cancer.

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