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Physician Recommends Vaccinating against Cancer

According to a Master’s thesis by oncologist Jakob Jóhannsson in health economics, the state would benefit from vaccinating all 12-year-old girls against cervical cancer despite the fact that it would take many years before results were delivered.

There are vaccinations available against two types of cervical cancer in Iceland but few request them. Seventeen women in Iceland are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, Morgunbladid reports.

By vaccinating every 12-year-old girl, the lifetime of those who would otherwise have contracted the disease could be prolonged by 16.9 years, Jóhannsson concluded in his thesis. “If we vaccinate, we save money on surgery and radiotherapy,” he argued.

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