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Letters HPV vaccine and eradication of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer: WHO called for elimination, not eradication

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5668 (Published 26 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5668
  1. Partha Basu, head1,
  2. Raymond Hutubessy, technical officer2,
  3. Nathalie Broutet, medical officer3
  1. 1Screening Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 150 Cours Albert Thomas, 69372 Lyon, France
  2. 2Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biological, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 01210 Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 01210 Geneva, Switzerland
  1. basup{at}iarc.fr

The BMJ’s news article on how high coverage of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could “eradicate” cervical cancer has created some confusion, which is evident from the letter written to the journal by Peter English.12 We’d like to clarify the difference between elimination and eradication and clear any doubts raised by the use of incorrect terminology.

The director general of the World Health Organization made a global call for …

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