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  •  The problem is that the vaccines (0+ / 0-)

    only prevent 70% of the cancers.    So the Pap smears are still necessary.  (This from the article---I am also not a medical expert.)

    Your point is valid--- but only up to a point.  Again from the article, it is estimated that the two vaccines will cost $30-$70,000 or more for each year of life saved in developing countries.  This number is similar to the amount of money currently spent to keep people alive to have deadly cancers.  However, if a booster is needed (because the vaccine may wear out) the costs will become much higher.

    It boils down to a cost-benefit analysis, admittedly over my head.  

    In today's Wall Street Journal, there is an article about a study published online by the New England Journal of medicine on Wednesday at questions the cost-effectiveness of Gardisil.  Since its online, maybe people can take a look (not sure how that works).

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