In Scotland, Routine HPV Vaccination Has Lead To Huge Drop In Cervical Illnesses
BBC reports that routine HPV vaccinations for women has led to a drastic drop in cervical diseases later in life. Human papilomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection. Some types of HPV are linked to cervical cancer.
Researchers now say that the vaccine has almost completely stopped cases of cervical pre-cancer in younger women since 10 years ago an immunization program was introduced. The program’s effects “exceeded expectations- the vaccine led to a 90 percent reduction in pre-cancerous cells.
A team of researchers from Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow Caledonian universities analyzed the vaccination and screening records of 140,000 women who had their first cervical screening from 2008-2016. Their study found that Scotland’s HPV vaccination program led to “a dramatic reduction in preinvasive cervical disease.” More, the vaccine was found to be “highly effective” and will likely reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in the future.
The researchers initially thought that the vaccine would stop two types of HPV, but instead they found it stops three types, meaning it eliminates close to 90 percent of cervical pre-cancer in Scotland.
Dr Kevin Pollock, from Glasgow Caledonian University, said the "impressive" figures mean that "the HPV vaccine should significantly reduce cervical cancer in the next few years".
He added: "The main message is that the vaccine works. As long as the high uptake continues, the virus has got nowhere to go and it is being eliminated.”
"We assessed 140,000 women in this study and because we can link status of vaccination to the disease its impact is indisputable."
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