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From assessing attitudes to a hypothetical HPV vaccine to seeing the real impact on cancer rates: reflections on 15 years of HPV vaccine behavioural science

Cancer prevention

Our colleagues Milena Falcaro, Peter Sasieni and others have recently published the exciting finding that HPV vaccination has reduced cervical cancer incidence by almost 90% in England. We celebrated this by publishing an interview with Margaret Stanley who talks about her part in the story of HPV vaccine development.

In her interview, she touches on the importance of the work that went on behind the scenes, while the HPV vaccination programme was being planned. Part of this work was carried out by behavioural scientists. We thought this would be a good moment to reflect on our 15 years of behavioural science research in the field of HPV vaccination.