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US cervical cancer prevention efforts are falling short

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6716 (Published 07 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6716
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Although up to 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented through screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, roughly 10% of US women are not undergoing recommended screening, and only a third of girls and one in seven boys have received the recommended three doses of the vaccine, says a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1

About 12 100 women develop cervical cancer each year in the United States, and over 4000 die from the disease.

Vicki B Bernard, from the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, and colleagues found that of …

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