New Delhi: India, where over 70,000 women die of cervical cancer every year, should opt for preventive vaccination against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that causes the disease as this would go a long way in preventing its spread, health experts say.Gerard Wain of the Westmead Hospital in New South Wales said that India, with its high incidence of cervical cancer, should opt for the HPV preventive vaccine that is administered free to young girls and women aged 12-26 in Australia."The free vaccination was launched in 2007 in Australia and 85 percent of those vaccinated have shown improvement," Wain, director of the hospital`s Gynaecological Oncology Unit, told IANS."The vaccine programme has been very effective and successful and the results have shown dramatic reduction in genital warts, which is the initial manifestation of the HPV infection. Cancer develops in 10-20 years if left untreated," said the specialist, who has been invited to India by the capital`s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
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