WHO guidelines look to simplify, shorten HPV vaccine regimen

December 3, 2014 8:10 PM

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WHO guidelines look to simplify, shorten HPV vaccine regimen

"WHO’s updated cervical cancer guidance can be the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide," Dr. Nathalie Broutet said.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the chief cause of cervical cancer -- a type of cancer that kills roughly 270,000 people every year. Doctors say the vast majority of those deaths are preventable, as early vaccination can protect women from the cancer-causing virus.

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