Australia set to be first country to wipe out cervical cancer


In 2007 Australia was the first country in the world to introduce routine vaccination for girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus which causes most forms of the cancer. The vaccine was introduced for teenage boys in 2013.

Now, a study in the Lancet Public Health journal has shown that if vaccination and screening continue at their current level, cervical cancer rates will drop to less than six in 100,000 by 2022 and to below four in 100,000 by 2035. 

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