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More Evidence That HPV Vaccine Shields Against Cervical Cancer
Date:11/9/2011

hows that the HPV vaccine will be most protective among adolescent girls but that it is also effective among HPV-exposed women."

Along with specifically targeting HPV 16 and 18, Cervarix also partially protects against four other types of HPV (31, 33, 45 and 51) that account for 15 percent of cervical cancers, according to another study in the same issue of the journal.

Increasing vaccination rates, particularly among young females who aren't sexually active, should be a focus of HPV vaccination efforts, Dr. Mark Schiffman and Sholom Wacholder of the U.S. National Cancer Institute stressed in an accompanying commentary.

Blank agreed with that assessment. "There are several take-home messages here: Vaccinate early; catch-up programs are also worth it; the positive impact of the HPV vaccine may be even more than we had expected; and the vaccine has an effect even if a woman is already exposed to HPV," she said.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about HPV vaccines.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Stephanie V. Blank, MD, assistant professor, clinical gynecologic oncology, NYU School of Medicine, New York City; The Lancet Oncology, news release, Nov. 4, 2011


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