Drug Makers’ Push Leads to Cancer Vaccines’ Rise

New York Times 20 Aug 2008

In two years, cervical cancer has gone from obscure killer confined mostly to poor nations to the West’s disease of the moment. Tens of millions of girls and young women have been vaccinated against the disease in the United States and Europe in the two years since two vaccines were given government approval in many countries and, often, recommended for universal use among females ages 11 to 26.

..But some experts worry about the consequences of the rapid rollout of the new vaccines without more medical evidence about how best to deploy them. They say that because of the aggressive marketing, even parents of girls who are far from being sexually active may feel pressured into giving them a vaccine that is not yet needed and whose long-term impact is still unclear. Legislative efforts to require girls to have the vaccine only add to the pressure.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/20/health/policy/20vaccine.html?_r=1&ref=health&pagewanted=all