Published on Feb 13, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018 - 1 min read
HPV (Human papilloma virus) vaccines have been widely available over a decade. But, a very few people have actually heard about the vaccine and a few have gotten vaccinated. This is the first and only vaccine available against cancer.
Human Papilloma Virus:
HPV vaccine prevents against human papilloma virus. This virus causes 70% of the cervical cancers and is also responsible for a significant proportion of anal, penile, vulval, vaginal and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV virus is acquired sexually during adulthood. The persistence of this virus for decades leads to malignancy.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in females, the most common being breast cancer. It causes a significant amount of morbidity and mortality. Around 70% cervical cancer can be prevented by this vaccine alone.
HPV also causes warts. Genital warts are sexually transmitted. The quadrivalent vaccine, Gardasil can also prevent 90% of genital warts.
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