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Cancer prevention - Anti-cancer jabs for girls

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The government has introduced an immunisation programme to vaccinate girls aged 12 and 13 against types of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that can increase the risk of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix (the entrance to the womb). HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancers.

A three-year catch-up programme also offers the vaccine to older girls aged 13-18.

Find out more about the HPV vaccine.

You can also watch the video (below) to find out about the HPV vaccine.

Medical Review: October 05, 2009

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