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High grade cervical lesions decline in young US women

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3341 (Published 22 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3341
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The incidence of high grade cervical lesions in young women in the United States has fallen, a new analysis has found. The researchers reported in the journal Cancer that this may be caused by the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine but may also be due to changes in screening guidelines.1

From 2008 to 2012, 9119 cases of high grade cervical lesions (CIN2+) were reported among 18 to 39 year olds as part of a sentinel system for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all four catchment areas the researchers found a dramatic and consistent decrease in the incidence of high grade lesions among women aged 18 …

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