Australia could be the first country in the world to eliminate Cervical Cancer according to newly published research.
Infection rates have plummeted to just 1% in young women nationwide, with the International Papillomavirus Society believing that the disease could now be eliminated within the next 40 years.
The introduction of the National Immunisation Project has been hailed as one of the major reasons for this reduction, which has seen infection rates drop by more than 22% in just a decade.
Speaking about the positive figures, Professor Suzanne Garland, Cervical Cancer and HPV researcher, said: “Our national HPV immunisation program for both boys and girls, combined with our cervical cancer population screening, means we are well positioned to be the first country to effectively end this deadly cancer.”
According to the most up-to-date statistics, around 930 women will be diagnosed with the condition annually - and it will take the lives of 258 of those individuals.
Professor Garland is therefore keen to ensure that the current rate of vaccination continues to rise.
She added: “Some parents worry about safety but there has been so much work done on the safety. This is a very safe vaccine and you know you have got to weigh up any potential adverse effect against developing cancer.
“In the Pacific-Oceania and Asian region we have about half of the cases of cervical cancer in the world. We have a big job to do, but we have the tools to beat it."