It is easy to take your annual gyno exam for granted. It is one of those preventive measures you suffer through once a year. We are really lucky to have such easy access to the diagnostic pap smear since cervical cancer, caused by a sexually transmitted virus, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide! The majority of the 250,000 annual deaths worldwide occur in poor nations, where women rarely receive pap smears to detect cervical cancer early, when it is most curable.
On a more positive note, Merck, maker of Gardasil the cervical cancer vaccine, will be donating three million doses of their vaccine to the Clinton Global Initiative. The vaccines will be distributed to countries in need over the next five years, inoculating one million women, since the vaccine is given three times over a six month period.
In our increasingly "global economy," it is uplifting to see an international philanthropic gesture for a woman's health issue.
And you? I am wondering if any of you have gotten the Gardasil vaccine? Please share your experience in the comments section below. I, for one, would love to hear it.