Mexican scientist finds cure for HPV-causing cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women with an estimated 570,000 new cases in 2018, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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After 20 years of research, Eva Ramon Gallegos, a Mexican scientist has developed a 100 percent cure for the cervical cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

The scientist and her research team at Mexico’s National School of Biological Sciences (ENCB) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) successfully eliminated the virus in 29 patients infected with HPV.

HPV is a group of 150 related viruses of which at least 14 can cause cervical cancer according to UK Express.

Gallegos used a non-invasive treatment called photodynamic therapy that uses a drug to kill the virus. In a Radio Guama report, Dr. Gallegos explains, “Unlike other treatments, it only eliminates damaged cells and does not affect healthy structures. Therefore, it has great potential to decrease the death rate from cervical cancer.”

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