HPV vaccine shows early benefits in young girls

Research

Data from Ontario show early benefits from the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in young girls, according to a new study by researchers at Queen’s University and McGill. The HPV vaccine, which protects against four types of HPV shown to cause cervical cancer and anogenital warts, is offered free through school-based programs to young girls across Canada. Researchers observed a significant reduction in cervical dysplasia, a precursor to cervical cancer, in girls as young as 14-17 years.