The vaccine for the human papilloma virus, HPV, may be more effective in stopping cervical cancer than health experts had hoped.
HPV infections can cause a precancerous condition called cervical dysplasia that can lead to cervical cancer.
A University of New Mexico study found dysplasia rates among teens dropped more dramatically than expected after the HPV vaccine was introduced in 2007.
Researchers say improving vaccination rates could help protect even more women from cervical cancer.
Right now, about half of all Oklahoma preteens are vaccinated for HPV.
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