New Zealand’s HPV vaccination programme could reduce our rates of cervical cancer – provided women get screened post-vaccination on top of that, a study says. Researchers from the University of Otago surveyed 104,313 women born between 1990 and 1994, examining the effect the introduction of the free HPV vaccination in 2008 has had on women. In their paper, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, they found the HPV vaccine had significantly reduced the amount of cervical abnormalities – a possible precursor to cervical cancer – in those women. “We would expect that this would result in lower rates of cervical cancer among these women as they age,” author Dr Carrie Innes said. READ MORE:The vaccine that can prevent cancerNew study shows HPV vaccine has reduced rates of genital warts10 years on, HPV vaccine halves cervical cancer rates Women who had received at least one dose of the four-type HPV vaccine before they turned 18 had a 31 per cent reduction in high-grade cervical cell abnormalities when they were in the 20 to 24 age bracket. Fellow research professor Peter Sykes said high-grade abnormalities are found during cervical smear tests and were associated with a “small but significant” rate of… Read full this story
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