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More than 9,000 Girls in Vietnam Get Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Nguoi Viet, Posted: Nov 29, 2008

More than 9,000 11-year-old girls in Vietnam received a free vaccine to prevent cervical cancer by 2010, public health officials in the country said. The project, sponsored by the nonprofit international health organization PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), provided three shots of Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to girls in central Thanh Hoa Province and the Mekong Deltas Can Tho City. The vaccine series typically costs $300. Cervical cancer is one of the leading cancer-related causes of death in Vietnam, according to the countrys Ministry of Health. Worldwide there are an estimated 470,000 new cases of cervical cancer that result in 233,000 deaths per year.

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