Cervical cancer rates tumble after routine HPV vaccination

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HPV immunisation of 12 and 13-year-old girls has led to 89% decline in disease in Scotland, data reveals

Routine HPV vaccination in Scotland has led to a dramatic drop in the cervical disease which can lead to cancer, new data reveals.

The vaccine protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most strains of cervical cancer. In 2008, routine HPV immunisation of 12 and 13-year-old girls was introduced in schools across the UK. Vaccination has led to far fewer HPV infections, but there has not yet been much published evidence of the impact this has had on cervical disease and cancer.

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