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Knowledge gap in Leeds over virus causing cancer

It’s responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

Yet a new survey has found that half of women in Leeds have no idea what human papillomavirus, or HPV, is.

Research by GynaeHealth UK, a self-screening tool for the virus, revealed that 14 per cent of women in Leeds thought it was an acronym for ventilation and another 14 per cent thought it was the term for a legal high.

In fact certain strains of the virus are responsible for 99.7 per cent of cervical cancers, which can develop years after being infected.

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