Cervical cancer: deaths increase as HPV vaccine is underused, says WHOBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l580 (Published 06 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l580
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I read Owen Dyer's article with bemusement and dismay . According to Elisabete Weiderpass, director of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer :
“Unfounded rumours about HPV vaccines continue to unnecessarily delay or impede the scaling up of vaccination”...
One might reflect that at least some of the "unfounded rumours" found a respectable home in BMJ journals last year [2,3,4,5].
But another little problem is that the if the drive for vaccination against HPV in any way distracts from the urgency to promote safe sex - or persuades people that sex will be safe providing they have the vaccination - then cancer rates will almost certainly rise whatever the alleged benefits of the products.
 Owen Dyer, 'Cervical cancer: deaths increase as HPV vaccine is underused, says WHO', BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l580 (Published 06 February 2019)
 Jørgensen L, Gøtzsche PC, Jefferson T.'The Cochrane HPV vaccine review was incomplete and ignored important evidence of bias', BMJ Evid Based Med. 2018 Oct;23(5):165-168. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2018-111012. Epub 2018 Jul 27
 Nigel Hawkes, 'Cochrane director’s expulsion results in four board members resigning', BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3945 (Published 17 September 2018)
 Lars Jørgensen, Peter Doshi, Peter Gøtzsche, Tom Jefferson, 'Challenges of independent assessment of potential harms of HPV vaccines', BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3694 (Published 24 September 2018)
 Riva C, Tinari S, Spinosa JP. 'Lessons learnt on transparency, scientific process and publication ethics. The short story of a long journey to get into the public domain unpublished data, methodological flaws and bias of the Cochrane HPV vaccines review.'BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine Published Online First: 06 December 2018. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2018-111119
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