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Dec 18, 2005

Cervical Cancer Vaccine More Active in Pre-teens

Cervical Cancer Vaccine More Active in Pre-teens
Probably you are all aware that various pharmaceutical companies have recently developed highly effective vaccines for prevention of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer vaccine is said to be close to 100 percent effective in preventing the disease.

Cervical cancer vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline targets two viruses responsible for 70 percent of uterine cancer cases triggers twice the immune response in girls aged 10 to 14 than in those aged 15 to 24, the British pharmaceutical firm said.

The results of phase 3 clinical trials were presented at an annual conference on infectious diseases under way this weekend in Washington.

They indicate that the vaccine Cervarix could offer more durable and efficient protection, if it is given to the young, well ahead of their becoming sexually active.

"Vaccination of pre-teen/adolescent girls against cancer-causing HPV (Human Papillomavirus) before onset of sexual activity will be an important part of the overall strategy for cervical cancer prevention," said Anna-Barbara Moscicki, a pediatrics professor from the University of California.

The clinical trials conducted by Glaxo in Europe and Russia involved 158 girls aged between 10 and 14 and 458 women aged between 15 and 25. Each of them received three doses of the vaccine over a period of six months.

This new vaccine is called Cervarix, but this has not been introduced to the market yet.

American pharmaceutical company Merck is waiting for FDA approval to to start marketing its own vaccine called Gardasil.

Janet      



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