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Letters HPV vaccine and eradication of cervical cancer

Eradicating cervical cancer is unlikely

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 02 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4953
  1. Peter M B English, public health physician
  1. Epsom, UK
  1. petermbenglish{at}

Researchers say that high coverage of human papillomavirus vaccination could eradicate cervical cancer. There are at least 100 serotypes of HPV.1 The two vaccines currently used in the UK, Gardasil and Cervarix, cover the two strains of HPV that are most likely to cause cancer. Gardasil 9 covers the same two strains as the original Gardasil vaccine plus an additional five oncogenic strains—in total, …

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