Scotland’s HPV vaccine linked to ‘near elimination’ of cervical cancer

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The routine vaccination of schoolgirls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Scotland has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer in later life.

Some forms of the sexually-transmitted HPV are linked to cervical cancer – one of the most common cancers in women aged under 35 in the UK. A decade ago, the UK government introduced a UK-wide immunisation programme for girls aged 12 and 13.

Compared with unvaccinated women born in 1988, vaccinated women born …