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Can a vaccine prevent vaginal cancer?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two vaccines -- Gardasil and Gardasil 9 -- to prevent vaginal cancer. Gardasil protects you from the four most common types of human papilloma virus (HPV). Gardasil 9 covers nine types of HPV.

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 19, 2020

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 19, 2020

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