CASES of cervical cancer could be cut by nearly three-quarters in Cheshire West thanks to a vaccination programme.

So far more than 2,000 girls have been immunised with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston, and Vale Royal. It protects against the two types of HPV which cause more than 70% of cervical cancers.

The national campaign was launched last year.

NHS chiefs says early uptake of the vaccination programme has been ‘extremely encouraging with a higher percentage of young women coming forward than the England average.

The programme is now being expanded to cover girls aged 16 to 18, who will be contacted by their GP practice from this month (May).

“We strongly urge young women to respond to the invitation. This vaccination protects against most forms of cervical cancers and is a sensible investment in their health, now and in the long-term future,” said NHS Western Cheshire’s Director of Public Health, Wendy Meredith.

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