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Cancer Vaccine: Charity Backs Move to Cornish Schools

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7:02am 27th July 2013

A charity welcomes a move to bring an anti-cancer jab into Cornish schools.

At the moment, girls are urged to get the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer at their GP's surgery.

Now it is being switched, after Pirate FM revealed that less than two thirds in the Duchy were getting it.

The move will not happen until 2015.

Robert Music from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust said: "The vaccine is hugely important in that it can help prevent 70% of all cervical cancers. Researchers have estimated that of uptake averages about 80%, by 2025 there could be a two thirds reduction in incidents in women under 30 so it's hugely important.

"It is a largely preventable disease, both thanks to cervical screening and now the vaccine that's been in place since 2008. So we've got two programmes in place that, as a result of it, the long-term future in terms of incidents, hopefully, can dramatically change as long as we get uptake as high as we possibly can do.

"One key thing is to get the uptake up. Two, it's an educational opportunity about cervical cancer and how it can be prevented. I think it's a chance again to remind mums about going for screening as well. One can even potentially look at the daughters who are being vaccinated reminding their mums to be screened."

7:02am 27th July 2013

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