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

M H Botha, K L Richter


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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M H Botha, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Unit for Gynaecological Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

K L Richter, Department of Medical Virology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and National Health Laboratory Service, Pretoria, South Africa

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Cervical cancer prevention; Linking vaccination and screening

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(1):33-34. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9233

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Date submitted: 2014-12-03
Date published: 2014-12-03

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