Australia Is On Track To Become The World’s First Country To Eradicate Cervical Cancer

Australia is on track to become the first country in the world to eradicate cervical cancer. With some more hard work, scientists are now predicting that cervical cancer could eventually become a disease of the past.

A woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes. In 99.9 percent of cases, it is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Thanks to a massive vaccination program targeting this common infection, HPV prevalence among Australian women aged 18 to 24 has dropped from 22.7 percent to just 1.5 percent over the last 10 years, as reported in a new study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

This vaccination, combined with extensive cervical screening, is leading researchers to predict that cervical cancer will be almost non-existent in Australia in a few decades’ time.

 

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