This section will help you to find out more about possible causes of cervical cancer and the NHS screening and vaccination programmes.
Cervarix and Gardasil are vaccines to prevent a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) . This virus can cause cervical cancer. From September 2008 girls in year 8 at school in the UK (age 12-13) have been offered Cevarix. Girls are given 3 injections over 6 months. It is hoped that vaccination will prevent 7/10 of the most common types of cervical cancer. In September 2012 the vaccination programme started using Gardasil in place of Cevarix. Gardasil can also prevent genital warts which are caused by 2 types of HPV.