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Australia might become the first country to eradicate cervical cancer

Australia might become the first country to eradicate cervical cancer
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Research from the International Papillomavirus Society says that Australia’s free HPV vaccine program in schools has resulted in a noticeable decline in future cervical cancer rates, reports the Guardian. HPV (human papillomavirus) is an infection, transmitted sexually, that causes 99.9% of cervical cancers. Since 2007, Australia has been giving the HPV vaccine to girls ages 12-13 years for free. Now researchers say that will pay off in spades down the road: Within 40 years the number of cervical cancer cases is now projected to be “just a few.”

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