HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer, global review confirms

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HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer, global review confirms

HPV vaccines help prevent cervical cancer.

The human papillomavirus or HPV spreads through intimate contact during sex with someone who is infected. In some women, an HPV infection will persist and lead to cervical cancer. HPV vaccines protect against cervical cancer in young women, especially when the women are vaccinated between the ages of 15 and 26, a new Cochrane Report finds.

The report’s authors, who examined evidence from 26 previously published studies of more than 70,000 women, also found no serious side effect risks associated with the vaccines.
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Most people who have sexual contact will be exposed to HPV at some time. Even if exposed, most women will clear the viral infection naturally. However, a persistent infection could lead to abnormal cervical cells, called cervical “precancer” since these cells can slowly progress to cancer if not treated.

Killing thousands of women

“Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women in the world,” said lead author Dr. Marc Arbyn of the Unit of Cancer Epidemiology at the Belgian Cancer Centre in Brussels. More than half a million cases are diagnosed each year, and about half of these women will die of the disease, he said.
Read on:  HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer, global review confirms – CNN

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