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Cervical cancer: deaths increase as HPV vaccine is underused, says WHO

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l580 (Published 06 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l580
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Potentially preventable cervical cancers will become an increasing health burden this century unless more people are immunised with one of the available vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has warned.

About 570 000 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed around the world in 2018, said the agency’s director, Elisabete Weiderpass, and more than 310 000 women died from the disease, making it the fourth deadliest cancer in women worldwide.

Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV infection, and most …

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