Cervical cancer has been virtually eradicated in young women because of the HPV vaccine’s ‘remarkable’ success, a major study has found.
Cases of the disease have plummeted by 87 per cent as a result of the NHS vaccine programme.
Among women now in their twenties — the first generation to get the jab — cases have now dropped from about 50 per year to just five.
Today’s ‘historic’ findings by King’s College London represent the first evidence the HPV vaccine is saving lives in the UK.
The HPV vaccine prevents infection from human papillomavirus, a common group of viruses that are behind 90 per cent of cervical cancer cases.
It has been given to girls at the age of 12 and 13 in UK since 2008, and from 2019 was also made available to teenage boys.
Men can get cancer from HPV and can also put women at increased risk …