Just a note for for young women and parents with girls: the new HPV vaccine can prevent almost all cervical cancers and is recommended for all young females.

Females should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) when they're 11 to 12 years old in order to prevent cervical cancer, new American Cancer Society guidelines recommend.

Other major health groups have also called for widespread vaccination in this age group.

In 2007, an estimated 11,150 cervical cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States, and about 3,670 women will die from the disease, the society noted. Almost all cervical cancers are causally related to HPV.

This is a major advance in the battle against cancer that every woman should hear about and take advantage of.

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