Widespread HPV vaccination programmes ‘could eliminate cervical cancer’

Cervical cancer could be eliminated by widespread HPV vaccination programmes, according to scientists who reviewed studies of 60 million people in affluent countries.

The treatment was linked to a huge reduction in the two types of HPV – 16 and 18 – which cause 70% of cervical cancers, research found.

Rates of both types of HPV in high-income countries, among girls aged 13 to 19, plummeted by up to 83% following five to eight years of vaccination, while a reduction of 66% was found in women aged 20 to 24.

A significant decrease was also…
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