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Study finds majority of women willing to accept cervical cancer vaccine for self and children

percent of women who were not willing to vaccinate their children stated that they did not want their child to participate in sex education. In the survey, it was found that 11 years of age was the mean age noted by participants as an appropriate time to provide children with sex education.

"This study shows that education will be key to acceptance of the vaccine," said Diane C. Bodurka, MD, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. "Given that the vaccine may be available in the next five to 10 years, it is critical that we begin educating parents, especially mothers, now about how the vaccine will be crucial to the prevention of cervical cancer. It is also important for everyone to understand that a vaccine will be aimed at both boys and girls, and how this will help prevent the disease worldwide."

Factors influencing a woman's acceptance of the vaccine included their acceptance of all previously recommended vaccines for a child and acceptance of the vaccine for themselves. Neither demographic considerations, such as income, religion, race and education, nor a history of an abnormal Pap test were found to alter the patterns of potential acceptance of the vaccine.

More information about the study can be found in the manuscript "Are Women Ready for the Cervical Cancer Vaccine?" The authors of the study are: Diane C. Bodurka, MD, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Brian M. Slomovitz, MD, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Charlotte C. Sun, DrPH, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Michael Frumovitz, MD, MPH, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Pamela T. Soliman, MD, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; Heidi C. Pearson, University of Texas - Main Branch, Galveston; Abbey Berenson, MD, University of Texas Main Branch, Galveston; and Karen H. Lu, MD, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Worldwide, more than 500,000 women die of cervical cancer each year. There are 10,520 new cervical cancers diagnosed in the U.S. ea
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Contact: Sarah Handza
202-441-3712
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
22-Mar-2005


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