HPV vac­cine has slashed rate of cer­vi­cal disease

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VACCINATIN­G girls against the HPV virus has led to a dra­matic drop in cer­vi­cal disease in later life, re­search sug­gests.

Since 2008, all Bri­tish school­girls have been of­fered the hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus vac­cine at the age of 12 or 13.

The study of 138,000 women in Scot­land shows the pro­gramme has cut rates of ab­nor­mal cer­vi­cal cells – a warn­ing sign of cer­vi­cal can­cer – by nearly 90 per cent. Re­searchers hope that in time they will be able to prove the vac­cine has also cut rates of cer­vi­cal can­cer but the full im­pact will not be known un­til the girls en­ter their late 20s and 30s.

About 3,200 Bri­tish women are di­ag­nosed with cer­vi­cal can­cer ev­ery year and 1,000 die with the disease an­nu­ally.

The team, led by Tim Palmer at the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, told the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal: ‘The find­ings will need to be con­sid­ered by cer­vi­cal can­cer pre­ven­tion pro­grammes world­wide.’

Study co-au­thor Dr Kevin Pol­lock, of Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity, said: ‘The vac­cine has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tion. It is as­so­ci­ated with the near elim­i­na­tion of both low and high-grade cer­vi­cal disease in young Scot­tish women eight years after the vac­cine pro­gramme started.’

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