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HPV vaccination tied to lower risk of invasive cervical cancer

Journal
New England Journal of Medicine
Reuters Health - 30/09/2020 - There's new evidence that the human papillomavirus vaccine is delivering on its promise to prevent cervical cancer. A study of nearly 1.7 million girls and women has found that those who were vaccinated between 2006 and 2017 had a rate of cervical cancer that was half that for unvaccinated women. After adjusting for covariates such as year, residence and parental characteristics, the research team calculated that 63% of the cancers were prevented. The benefit was statistically significant and was particularly striking when the age of vaccination was taken into account. When it was done before age 17, vaccination appeared to prevent 88% of cervical cancer cases. Women who got it later in life, up to age 30, saw a protective rate of 53%, Dr. Paer Sparen and colleagues report in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Sparen said there had been lingering doubts about whether the vaccine "would directly protect against this c...


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