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Study Confirms Value of HPV Vaccine

New research has confirmed that vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV) has reduced the frequency of abnormal Pap test results and pre-cancers in women.

Scientists at The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute used Queensland Health datasets to show that women who were fully vaccinated were far less likely to develop the abnormalities that can lead to cervical cancer.

The researchers found that young women who had received three doses of the HPV vaccine had a 46% lower risk of developing high-grade changes in the cervix than those who had not been vaccinated.

“It is still important that women remember to go for Pap tests though, because the vaccine can’t prevent all of the types of HPV that can cause problems,” said Dr Julia Brotherton, who was co-author of the research published in the British Medical Journal.