Recent Research & News

January 2018

January 2018

Accelerating cervical cancer control and prevention

There are more than a dozen types of HPV that are associated with cervical cancer. As HPV is sexually transmitted infection is often in younger people. More than 90% of infections are suppressed by the immune system. Of the infections that are not suppressed slow growing pre-cancers develop. Pre-cancers occur most between the ages 25-40 yrs and a minority of these go on to cause invasive cancer , peaking from age 40 onwards.

The HPV vaccination programme targeted at the early peak of precancels and good HPV screening with smear tests have proven to be highly effective measures to reduce cervical cancer in developed countries.



HPV vaccination success

Although the vaccination of girls was only rolled out ten years ago the reduction of HPV infection has already been seen.

HPV infections decreased in women aged 16 to 21 by 86% between 2010 and 2016. These results are from Public Health England .

As a result the vaccine may soon be offered to boys too.

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