How the HPV Vaccine Could Help the World

HPV vaccine could prevent 90 percent of HPV-related cancers globally

(RxWiki News) A simple vaccine could prevent cancer for hundreds of thousands of women around the world each year, according to new research.

If everyone on earth received the new version of the HPV vaccine, up to 90 percent of cancers related to HPV infection, such as cervical cancer, could be prevented, according to this research. The article authors noted that cervical cancer is behind more than 250,000 deaths each year and affects more than 500,000 women globally.

“Cervical and other HPV-related cancers are preventable,” said article author Dr. Cosette Wheeler, an HPV researcher at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, in a press release. “We have the unprecedented opportunity to impact the global cancer burden and improve people’s lives and health everywhere.”

The HPV vaccine prevents infections caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Certain strains of HPV are known to cause cervical cancer, as well as other types of cancer. Dr. Wheeler and co-authors noted that several studies have found the newer version of the HPV vaccine to be effective.

Although the HPV vaccine could save countless lives, the article authors said, vaccination rates around the world were relatively low. These researchers encouraged efforts to increase public awareness of how the vaccine could protect women's health

Ask your health care provider whether the HPV vaccine is right for you.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology published the article by Dr. Wheeler and team on its website and presented it at an annual meeting.

The authors disclosed no outside funding sources or potential conflicts of interest.

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June 15, 2017