Daily US Times: The first real-world data shows that the human papillomavirus, or HPV vaccine is cutting cases of cervical cancer by nearly 90%.
Cancer Research UK described the result, published in the Lancet, as “historic”, and said it showed the vaccine was saving lives.
Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by viruses, and there are hope that vaccination could almost eliminate the disease.
The researchers said the success meant those who were vaccinated against the cancer may need far fewer cervical smear tests too.
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women across the world, killing more than 300,000 each year.
Almost nine-in-10 deaths are in middle and low income countries where there is little access to cervical cancer screening.
The hope is vaccination will have an even bigger impact in those countries than wealthier nations such as the United Kingdom.
More than 100 countries around the world have starting using the vaccine as part of World Health Organization (WHO) plans to get close to eliminating cervical cancer..
Girls in the UK are offered the vaccine between the ages of 11 and 13, depending on where they live. The vaccine has also been offered to boys since 2019.
The HPV vaccine cannot rid the body of the virus once it has been caught, it can only prevent an infection. The viruses are so widespread that immunisation has to be aimed at children before they become sexually active.
The study looked at what happened after the vaccine was introduced for girls in England in 2008.
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