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HPV vaccine helps prevent invasive cervical cancer, landmark study shows

Research is first to show vaccination helps protect against more than just pre-cancerous changes

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Vaccinating populations against the human papillomavirus, which causes most cases of cervical cancer, is effective and saves lives, according to a milestone Swedish study.

The results were welcomed as a significant moment in the fight to eradicate cervical cancer, which kills more than 250,000 women a year.

The large-scale study by the Karolinska Institutet found that women vaccinated against HPV have a significantly lower risk of developing cervical cancer, with women vaccinated at a young age benefiting the most.