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Cervical cancer is one fo the most common causes of cancer deaths in India. A common sexually transmitted infection, HPV can spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. (Read: 11 risk factors for cervical cancer)
Caused by HPV (Human Papilloma virus), it a common practice around the world to get vaccinated for HPV as soon a girl reaches her reproductive age. It acts as an effective preventive measure against cervical cancer. However, there have been many advancements in the prevention of cervical cancer. One such latest advances in cancer research is the advent of a new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, 9-Valent HPV vaccine, whichcan prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers, if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus. (Read: Cervical cancer: Fully preventable, yet most common in India)
9-Valent HPV vaccine -- Is it better than other HPV vaccines?
The new 9-Valent HPV vaccine includes seven cancer causing HPV-types.In addition to protecting against 80 percent of cervical cancers, it has the potential to protect against nearly 19,000 other cancers, including anal, oropharyngeal and penile cancers. This is a 13 percent increase in protection against HPV-related cancers in comparison to the first vaccines on the market, Gardasil and Cervarix, which protected against HPV types 16 and 18. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (Read: Can vaccination really prevent cervical cancer?)
With inputs from IANS
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