Research conducted by the World Health Organisation shows that cervical cancer is the fourth most prevalent cancer in women, representing 6.6% of all female cancers.
Cervical cancer is caused by the papilloma virus (HPV), and to the knowledge of cervical cancer experts, it is the initiator for every case of cervical cancer. The virus can be contracted through intimate and sexual contact with a carrier of the virus, and in most cases, if left untreated, the immune system will deal with the infection without the need for medical intervention.
There are different strains of the virus, all denoted by numbers, with strains 16 and 18 most commonly responsible for cancer.
The HPV vaccine was first introduced into the UK’s national immunisation program in September 2008 as a method of cervical cancer prevention.
The vaccination schedule usually spans a period of six months, with up to three vaccines being administered over this period. Cervarix and Gardasil are the two most popular intramuscular vaccines available within the UK.
Each year, all 12-13-year-old girls on the island are offered the vaccination to help protect them from cervical cancer in the future.
You’d think that any method of abolishing cancer would be met with open arms, but recent times has seen an increasingly vociferous backlash against the vaccines, with campaigns aimed at blocking the take-up of the vaccines more and more prevalent.
Professor Margaret Stanley, an emeritus professor of epithelial biology at the University of Cambridge, said: “Whenever a vaccine is introduced there is always a group of people who say it is unsafe, but the HPV vaccine seems to raise extraordinary levels of hostility.”
But why is this?
Courtenay Heading, Patient Advocate of Jurby Wellness has spearheaded an event which will take place at The Manx Museum and Mountain View Innovation Centre on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th December.
The event, which will manifest as a series of three public debates on the HPV vaccines, has been initiated following the alleged deaths and harm caused by the vaccination in 40 countries and features key presentations by Dr Sherri Tenpenny and Dr Chris Exley on the truths behind the Gardasil vaccine and the supposed toxicity of the vaccine’s ingredients.
The debates aim to identify the components in any vaccine, particular the HPV vaccine, and to ensure full disclosure in the realms of consent.
Courtenay is an emphatic spokesman on the negative effects of the HPV vaccine, and his reasons are manifold, ranging from the inadequacy of clinical trials to the presence of borax and polysorbate 80 in the vaccine which have been purportedly linked to infertility.
His critique of a policy statement issued by the Department of Health and Social Care makes for a compelling read, yet no drug use is completely devoid of side effects, and the cons must be weighed against the pros and what’s best for national health.
Like each new pharmaceutical that permeates society, the future effects are unchartered. Thalidomide was a drug rolled out in the late 1950s/early 1960s to treat nausea in pregnant women that led to severe birth defects before being withdrawn from the UK market in 1961.
Whether enough time has not yet elapsed to fully confirm or deny the allegations against the HPV vaccine is yet to be seen, but it’s a conversation that’s gathering heated discussion from both sides of the fence.
If you’re interested in attending any of the HPV vaccine debates then you can email [email protected]