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HPV vaccine cutting cervical cancer by nearly 90%

The HPV vaccine can only prevent an infection, it cannot rid the body of the virus once it has been caught.

(James Gallagher/ BBC News) — The human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine is cutting cases of cervical cancer by nearly 90%, the first real-world data shows.

Cancer Research UK described the findings as “historic”, and said it showed the vaccine was saving lives.

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by viruses, and the hope is vaccination could almost eliminate the disease.

The researchers said the success meant those who were vaccinated may need far fewer cervical smear tests too.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women around the world, killing more than 300,000 each year. (…)