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A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer has been developed that has shown 100% effectiveness in protecting against 70% cervical cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). The target recipients are primary school girls, as the vaccine is useless if a female has been exposed to the virus through sexual intercourse. The vaccine is yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and is required in 3 doses. Cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers in women worldwide can be detected through Pap smear screening tests, which are not offered in all countries.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Herald Sun
About: Vaccine to prevent cervical cancer
Date: 8 October 2005
Source: Herald Sun
Author: Michelle Pountney
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