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HPV vaccination rates among girls lowest in states with highest cervical cancer rates

November 20, 2014

The percentage of girls who receive HPV vaccinations is considerably lower in states that have higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality, according to study results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Antonio.

“Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates vary widely by state,” Jennifer L. Moss, MSPH, a doctoral student in the department of health behavior at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, said in a press release. “Our data show that adolescent girls remain vulnerable to disease in areas where women already have a higher risk for developing and dying from cervical cancer. If more adolescents — both girls and boys — in these states received an HPV vaccine, their risk for HPV-related cancers would drop dramatically.”

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