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HPV vaccinated women need just three cervical screens in their lifetime

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 10 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5228
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A new study has found that women who have been given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may only need three cervical screens in their lifetime.1

The authors, writing in the International Journal of Cancer, used statistical modelling to show that women vaccinated under the current NHS vaccination programme would need screens at ages 30, 40, and 55, rather than the current 12 lifetime screens offered in England. The models were based on both vaccinated and unvaccinated …

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