[SaneVax: Observational studies have long indicated that contracting mumps provided protection against ovarian cancer in the future. Now scientists have identified a potential mechanism of action for this protection. This discovery leaves health authorities with an interesting conundrum – will they choose mumps vaccine or higher rates of ovarian cancer?]
Mumps Protects Against Ovarian Cancer: Vaccine Steals the Protection
By Heidi Stevenson, Gaia Health
Ovarian cancer is among the deadliest. It’s long been known that having the mumps provides protection against it. Now, we have a study showing how the mumps vaccine could be leading to women’s deaths from ovarian cancer.
Mumps was never a terrifying disease. The best way for an adult to avoid sterility from getting mumps was by having had the mumps as a child. Now, though, mumps vaccinations are routine—and ovarian cancer rates are increasing.
Now, I can hear the naysayers out there screaming, “But that doesn’t prove causality!” That’s certainly true—but I’m not going to make the claim that the mumps vaccine causes ovarian cancer. What the mumps vaccine does is interfere with the natural preventive function of the mumps disease to prevent cancer, a point that has now been documented in science.
It has long been suspected that there’s a connection between having the mumps vaccination and developing ovarian cancer. A new study published in Cancer Causes and Control1 starts with the statement:
Epidemiologic studies found childhood mumps might protect against ovarian cancer. To explain this association, we investigated whether mumps might engender immunity to ovarian cancer through antibodies against the cancer-associated antigen MUC1 abnormally expressed in the inflamed parotid gland.
In other words, it’s well accepted that having had mumps provides women with protection against developing ovarian cancer. This is not absolute protection, but the fact is that it’s long been known through anecdotal evidence to be true.