Site fights can­cer

Central Leader - - News -

A new web­site to help in the fight against a virus that can cause cer­vi­cal can­cer was launched ear­lier this week.­forthe­ will pro­vide teenage girls with a fo­rum to talk about the ben­e­fits of the HPV (hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus) im­mu­ni­sa­tion.

The im­mu­ni­sa­tion is free for girls aged 17 and 18 and is avail­able from their pri­mary health­care provider.

New Zealand Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Ad­vi­sory Cen­tre di­rec­tor Dr Nikki Turner hopes that over time, the vac­ci­na­tion will re­duce cer­vi­cal can­cer cases caused by the virus.

“Ev­ery year this may save 60 women from dy­ing of cer­vi­cal can­cer,” Dr Turner says.

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