Recently, vaccines have been developed that protect women against the two types of HPV that are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide.
This new technology presents a historic chance to aid those who bear the greatest burden of this disease. Cervical cancer disproportionately affects the lowest socioeconomic classes, where populations are hardest to reach and health systems are often weak. A quarter of a million women die annually from the disease, the vast majority of these coming from the developing world. These life-saving vaccines offer an unprecedented opportunity to come to the aid of these women who most need our help. By vaccinating the girls of today, future generations of women will be saved.
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