Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Anti-Cancer Vaccine Delivers Protection; Gardasil Proves Its Value

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Anti-Cancer Vaccine Delivers Protection; Gardasil Proves Its Value

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Byline: Louise O'Keeffe louise.okeeffe@thechronicle.com.au

ACCESS to the anti-cancer vaccine Gardasil has been widened with the positive effect of its Australia-wide rollout already evident.

Rates of new genital wart cases had plummeted since the program and Sydney gynaecological oncologist Dr Gerry Wain said we would see more health benefits from the vaccine over the next few decades.

His comments came as the Therapeutic Goods Administration on Tuesday gave approval for GPs to prescribe the vaccine to women aged up to 45 - an increase from age 26 - after reviewing new clinical data.

The vaccine protects women against four strains of the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), known to cause up to 90 per cent of genital warts cases and 80% of cervical cancers.

Chairman of Toowoomba's GP Connections Dr Graham Emblen approved of the move as the vaccine had proved effective in preventing cervical cancer.

Dr Emblen said although the vaccine prevented future HPV infections and many sexually active women could have already been exposed, there were different strains of HPV. …

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