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Reducing The Risk Of Cervical Cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  May 4, 2004 at 5:45 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Reducing The Risk Of Cervical Cancer
A new study shows the combination of a human papillomavirus ( HPV ) vaccination with cervical cancer screening reduces cervical cancer risk significantly. HPV causes nearly all cervical cancers. According to a recent study it was found that , 65 percent of all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, and 9 percent are preceded by persistent infections with low-risk HPV. Screening with the Pap test can detect cervical cancer but it is not available to all women.
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Researchers say their findings show that the administration of the HPV vaccine at age 12 with cervical cancer screening every three years starting at age 25 could reduce a woman's lifetime risk of cervical cancer by nearly 95 percent.

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However researchers conclude on a note of caution saying that, HPV vaccine will reduce, but not eliminate the risk of cervical cancer. In addition, clinical trial-based evaluation of the combination needs to be performed for more accurate results. Researchers also say that a vaccine is currently being tested in clinical trials and may be available to the public soon.
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