Maryland’s $145 Million Cervical Cancer Policy Fail
By Josh A. Mazer, CHD Guest Contributor (Originally published in Eye on Annapolis)
Human papillomavirus (“HPV”) will infect about 90% of Marylanders. It is usually harmless and self clearing. Very rarely, undiagnosed and untreated infections may lead to cervical cancer. The Baltimore Sun reported in 1990: From 1983 to 1987, “406 Maryland women died of a cancer that…need kill virtually no woman, because a Pap smear can detect cervical cancer while it is curable.”
In the modern era, cervical cancer incidence in Maryland was cut almost in half, from 11 cases per 100,000 in 1995 to 5.9/100,000 in 2013.
I have been following Maryland’s HPV vaccine policy very closely since 2018, when our children became eligible to receive Merck’s controversial, liability free HPV vaccine. I was confused by the state sponsored hard sell put on my family to buy the shot. My concerns about state policies have increased as more recent data has emerged.
Maryland cervical cancer control policy has now reached a crisis point. Incidence “increased at a rate of 1.9% per year from 2012 to 2016.” From 2013 to 2017, it surged 16.9%.
In 2007 Delegate Pena–Melnyk changed Maryland cervical cancer policy with HB 1049/SB 774 Task Force on the HPV Vaccine. The bill made Merck’s Gardasil vaccine the new centerpiece—the proven test and educate strategy was abandoned.
The new law kicked off a vaccine gold rush
Over $145 million washed through our state in various schemes to push Gardasil into our kids. University of Maryland grabbed $2 million for a “study” targeting African-American adolescents for the shot. MD DOH brought in a Merck spokesperson to front an “HPV Symposium” in 2018. The agenda was money. Sales contests, cash bonuses to individual physicians, and cash bonuses to practices that hit industry set sales goals. The Prevention Health Promotion Agency maintains a comprehensive webpage that is focused solely on selling the shot.
Despite the millions spent, the vaccine centered policy is an expensive failure. Cervical cancer incidence in Maryland is up 8% since it was enacted. Other countries that went all in with Gardasil are replicating the negative results.
For example, the Australian National Cancer Registry 2020 data shows a 27% increase in cervical cancers since the vaccine was introduced there. In 20 to 24 year olds incidence more than doubled. Women too old to be vaccinated showed a decline over the same time frame.
Other countries with reliable, long term data show similar concerning trends: Sweden 1.86/100,000 in 2007 to 3.72 in 2015; Great Britain 2.7/100,000 in 2007 vs 4.6 in 2014; and Norway 1.8/100,000 in 2007 vs 2.4 in 2015 […]
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