Gardasil

August 30, 2006

Professor Ian Frazer vaccinated two girls with Gardasil, the only cervical cancer vaccine on the market. Frazer and his team worked sixteen years on Gardasil. Vaccinating the girls was the end of the journey.

Frazer acknowledged his colleague Dr. Jian Zhou. Zhou died six years ago, aged 42. There is a fund that commemorates him and that will finance a medical fellowship in Queensland.

The world first vaccine prevents four of dozens of strains of the HPV which causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Gardasil protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV.

“This is not a substitute for pap smears – it is an adjunct. The vaccine can only prevent 70 per cent of cancers. The good news for women is they are very much less likely to have an abnormal pap smear”, said Frazer.

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