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In 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311,000 women died from the disease. Persistent infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types is the main cause of cervical cancer.
HPV strains 16 and 18 alone are responsible for 70% of all cervical cancer cases. Most of HPV infection are contracted through sexual intercourse.
The introduction of the HPV vaccine 13 years ago marked a significant advance in the prevention of cervical cancer and other cancers linked to the human papillomavirus.