Cervical cancer incidence higher in states with lower proportion of HPV vaccination rates

November 12, 2014 2:12 PM

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According to new findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Antonio, Texas, researchers from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the number of adolescent girls receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is much lower in states with higher rates of cervical cancer and cervical cancer-related mortality.

Using the National Immunization Survey-Teen, researchers identified the rates of HPV vaccination in various states, and identified cervical cancer rates in the same states using the United States Cancer Statistics database. States with higher vaccination rates had lower cancer incidence rates and vi...

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