Cervical cancer continues to be the number one cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide, but effective prevention has dramatically reduced the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of lives lost in developed countries. With the advent of the HPV vaccine in 2006, which protects against the viruses that cause most cervical cancers, the end of this disease may be on the horizon. Unlike many cancers, screening equals prevention by finding changes in the cells of the cervix before they become cancerous. With the added protection of a vaccine, cervical cancer could soon be a thing of the past.
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