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Cervical Cancer

10 November 2011

HPV vaccine offers cancer protection

Using the Cervarix vaccine to protect girls against the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer is so effective that authorities could reduce cervical screening, scientists said.

Using the Cervarix vaccine to protect girls against the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer is so effective that health authorities could reduce the need for later cervical screening, scientists said.

"Provided that organised vaccination programmes achieve high coverage in early adolescents before sexual debut, HPV vaccination has the potential to substantially reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, probably allowing the modification of screening programmes," said Matti Lehtinen from the University of Tampere in Finland, who worked on the studies.

 

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