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Cancer-causing viruses like HPV can cause cells to divide indefinitely and, in the case of Henrietta Lacks, become immortal. Tom Deerinck/NIH via Flickr

What are HeLa cells? A cancer biologist explains

The immortal cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks revolutionized the fields of science, medicine and bioethics. And they still survive today, more than 70 years after her death.
People in the world’s poorest countries have not benefited equally from the recent advancements made in cancer. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

Cervical cancer is a disease of inequity: here’s how to save 60 million lives

People in the world’s poorest regions have not benefited equally from the recent advancements made in cancer screening, prevention and treatment.
While cervical screening has saved countless lives, we overscreen in Canada. Women don’t need to be screened until the age of 25 for cervical cancer. (Shutterstock)

Doctors must stop misleading women about cervical screening

Medical research suggests cervical cancer screening for women under the age of 25 has little impact. Women should therefore be screened at a later age, and less often.
Women who’ve never had a Pap smear or who’ve skipped a few don’t need to miss out on cervical screening. For the first time, some can take their own sample if that makes them feel more comfortable. from www.shutterstock.com

Never had a Pap smear? Now there’s a DIY option for you

For the first time, some Australian women will be eligible to collect their own sample for cervical screening. While it’s not as accurate as one from a GP or nurse, it could still save your life.
Rwandan girls were targeted in the country’s successful HPV vaccination programme. Shutterstock

The secret behind Rwanda’s successful vaccination rollouts

Rwanda’s vaccination programme for girls against HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease was a huge success, thanks to implementation science.

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