Cervical cancer prevention in South Africa : HPV vaccination and screening both essential to achieve and maintain a reduction in incidence

Botha, M. H. ; Richter, K. L. (2015)

CITATION: Botha, M. H. & Richter, K. L. 2015. Cervical cancer prevention in South Africa : HPV vaccination and screening both essential to achieve and maintain a reduction in incidence. South African Medical Journal, 105(1):33-35, doi:10.7196/SAMJ.9233.

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Cervical cancer rates remain high in South Africa, despite a cytology-based national screening programme. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is an important intervention that will benefit the younger generation. A school-based programme has been demonstrated to be a cost-effective and efficient way to administer the vaccinations. Education about HPV and cervical cancer will benefit children and their caregivers. Linkage of HPV vaccination with opportunistic screening of mothers may increase total programme coverage.

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