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Published: 21.09.17
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Prof Hans Verstraelen - Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

Prof Hans Verstraelen talks to ecancer at the Microbiome in Cancer and Beyond 2017 meeting about the link between the vaginal microbiome, HPV infections and neoplasia. The emphasis is the goals and findings from his systematic review which combined a mixture more recent sequencing data as well as an older, often overlooked, body of evidence. 

Prof Verstraelen highlights the uniqueness of the vaginal microbiome, due to its health being inversely proportional to the diversity of the microbiome. He analysed 'longituidual' studied which followed baseline healthy individuals all the way though HPV to cancer - or not, in order to take into account all different health outcomes. 

He discusses the differences in screening, prevention and control of cervical cancers across geographical areas. There are potential options, such as probiotics, available to those countries unable to receive the same level of care as developed countries.

He ends by highlighting the importance of good study design in order to make this research clinically relevant.

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