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HPV Vaccines Safe, Effective In Preventing Cervical Cancer, Large Analysis Shows

BBC News: HPV jab safe and effective, study finds
“The HPV vaccine routinely offered to teenage girls … is safe and protects against a virus that can cause cancer of the cervix, an independent review has found. The analysis by the Cochrane Group provides solid evidence that should reassure parents considering having their daughters immunized, say experts…” (5/9).

CNN: HPV vaccines prevent cervical cancer, global review confirms
“…HPV vaccines protect against cervical cancer in young women, especially when the women are vaccinated between the ages of 15 and 26, a new Cochrane report finds. The report’s authors, who examined evidence from 26 previously published studies of more than 70,000 women, also found no serious side effect risks associated with the vaccines…” (Scutti, 5/8).

Reuters: Major review backs cervical cancer shots, especially for teens
“…The Cochrane research pooled data and results from 26 studies involving more than 73,000 women across all continents over the last eight years. The researchers found that in young women who tested negative for HPV, vaccination reduced the risk of developing precancer. About 164 out of every 10,000 women who got placebo developed cervical pre-cancerous lesions, compared with two out of every 10,000 who were vaccinated…” (Kelland, 5/8).

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