"And then the problem is that these vaccines do not induce any disease regression in someone who is already exposed to HPV," Einstein added. "So the benefit of a therapeutic vaccine is that it will go after the disease itself. For the 300,000 women who are conservatively estimated to be undergoing surgical procedures to treat precancerous cervical lesions each year in the U.S., this raises the hope of someday having a nonsurgical approach to manage this problem. That would have to be the Holy Grail."
For more on cervical cancer and human papillomavirus, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
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