Category Archives: Cervical Cancer

Are there animals in YOUR medicine cabinet?

Dog and pills.How have animals helped YOU today? If you’re not familiar with research, you might not have any idea. But did you know that most of our medical advances wouldn’t have been possible without animals? It’s amazing to learn about the ways they’ve helped us!

Antibiotic ointment, aspirin, cold medicines, penicillin, anti-depressants, blood pressure and cholesterol medications, insulin, anti-coagulants, anesthesia, HIV drugs, chemotherapy, dialysis, CT scans, MRIs, prosthetics, organ transplants, and thousands of other medications and procedures were developed and determined to be safe for your use, thanks to dedicated researchers and the animals they work with.

The list goes on. I will guarantee that every person reading this has benefited from at least some of these advances. What’s more, I’ll bet your pets have benefited as well! And that’s a wonderful thing! Think of the symptoms we can alleviate due to medications, the life-threatening emergencies that we can SURVIVE, and the illnesses that our children may never get, thanks to vaccines. Polio, measles, cervical cancer, rabies, chicken pox, whooping cough, tetanus, Hepatitis B- and that’s just the beginning of the list!

EMBRACE it. Be thankful for it. The next time you reach into your medicine cabinet, take a minute to think about the scientific advances that led to the development of the medication that’s about to help you!

Cervical cancer protection in one shot

iStock_000027350736XSmallCervical cancer kills approximately 4,000 women in the U.S. each year. And about 85% of all cervical cancer cases occur in developing countries, where routine screening is not a standard of care. Currently, only a small percentage of American women receive the series of vaccinations- and physicians are definitely interested in increasing this number.

Gardasil and Cervarix, the two cervical cancer vaccines currently available, require three doses within a six-month period. But a vaccine that could be effective after only one dose is highly desirable. One dose, given during a yearly physical, would be a much easier ‘sell’ than a vaccine requiring two more follow-up visits. Vaccination would also be more affordable.

After looking at immune responses in women who had received one, two, or three doses of the vaccine, researchers found that even after only receiving one vaccine, lasting effects were seen. While long-term research is definitely needed to determine whether or not these effects are enough to be considered protective, it’s definitely looking promising that current vaccine recommendations may be able to be altered in a way that would be more efficient. Read more here: