Fawcett's death raises awareness about cancer, HPV vaccine

An Associated Press story looksat how Farrah Fawcett's death spotlights anal cancer, a rarely discussed illness.

Fawcett chose to address her illness through...

An Associated Press story looksat how Farrah Fawcett's death spotlights anal cancer, a rarely discussed illness.

Fawcett chose to address her illness through the eye of the media and a documentary that ran in May in order to raise awareness about anal cancer, similar to what Betty Ford, Arnold Palmer, and Katie Couric did with their associations with breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.

The story goes on to talk about human papillomavirus (HPV), which has been linked to anal cancers. Gardasil, a vaccine marketed by Merck, is intended to protect against four forms of HPV-related cancers, including anal cancer, although the company has not addressed Fawcett's cancer.


Slate also took a look at the issue, questioning the truth behind celebrity cancer stories and the role of celebrity publicists.

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