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Young girls recommended to use HPV vaccine

The side effects of a first-line cancer treatment have been shown to affect younger patients more than their older counterparts.

However, scientists working on the investigation at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research believe the advantages of the HPV vaccine Gardasil mean that it is still advisable for patients to be treated with the drug.

Commenting on the results, pediatrician Mike Wilmington, said: "These side effects are non-serious and very manageable.

"The main complaint I hear about is pain with the injection, but there are ways to lessen the pain."

Researchers assessed almost 900 patients and found that 84 per cent were aware that the HPV vaccine can help to prevent cervical cancer, but only half were aware it could reduce the risk of abnormal pap smears and genital warts too.

The World Health Organization estimates that HPV types 16 and 18 are responsible for about 70 per cent of all cervical cancer cases worldwide.

 

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