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Vaccine cuts rate of HPV infection, precancerous lesions

July 5, 2019

Just over a decade ago, healthcare professionals introduced a new vaccination that aimed to prevent recurring infections of certain types of HPV. These infections can, if a person does not receive treatment, lead to cervical cancer.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this form of cancer is the third most common among women.

The invention of the Pap smear significantly reduced deaths from cervical cancer in the United States, but the condition is still responsible for around 300,000 deaths worldwide every year.

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