HPV vaccination offers significant protection against cervical cancer

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After analysing data from the first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme in Australia, researchers have found that the vaccine offers significant protection against cervical abnormalities, reports [s]Medical News Today[/s]. HPV is a virus that can affect human skin and the moist membranes that line the body, such as the cervix, anus, mouth and throat and according to [b]Australia’s National Cancer Institute[/b], cervical cancer – of which there are expected to be 12,340 new cases this year – is almost always caused by HPV infection. The report says at present there are two HPV vaccines available worldwide [b]Gardasil[/b] and [b]Cervarix[/b] and studies have shown that both vaccines are effective in preventing cervical cancer in young women, as well as g enital warts and high-grade anal disease in men.
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