More evidence HPV vaccine cuts cervical cancer rate

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Scotland is already seeing a payoff for vaccinating adolescent girls for human papillomavirus (HPV).

Since the vaccine became routine about a decade ago, cervical cancer cases in young Scottish women have plummeted, a new study reports.

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Vaccination protects against HPV types 16 and 18, which cause 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide.

In 2008, Scotland began a national HPV immunization program. The vaccine, which protects against HPV 16 and 18, has become routine for girls aged 12 and 13, and a catch-up program is offered up to age 18. (…)

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