Cervical cancer to be 'eradicated'

HPV screening programmes could allow cervical cancer to be 'eradicated' from Europe within 50 years, according to Jack Cuzick of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.

He said that vaccines being developed to protect against all nine cancer-causing strains of HPV could be combined with HPV screening, which is much more sensitive than Pap smear tests.

If trials of these vaccines are successful, there should be no need to screen women who have been vaccinated, he said.

'That's the long-term future,' he said, 'vaccination and no screening. After about 50 years we could see cervical cancer disappearing.'

Professor Cuzick spoke at a session on drug and lifestyle mediated prevention initiatives in Europe.

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