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It was a typical busy morning. A flurry of people in and out of my office along with a growing stack of slides. I picked up the next slide, a pap smear.
The requisition stated â€ś24 yo, routine pap.â€ť She had no prior history of any abnormalities. As I studied the slide, the normal cervical cells sparkled in shades of blue and pink. Together with their small uniform nuclei, this created an evenness to the slide, like a calm pond.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are back in the news, and this time for reasons not related to research results that show how effective the vaccines are in preventing HPV infections and related diseases.
"India, the second most populous country in the world, accounts for 27% (77,100) of the total cervical cancer deaths.â€ť
â€“FromÂ Global Cancer Statistics, published in the American Cancer Societyâ€™s journal for clinicians.
27%. More than 1 in 4. Wow.