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CHICAGO - Many parents are disappointed, after hoping to have their daughters get a new cervical cancer vaccine at their back-to-school checkups. The expensive shots, recommended by experts, are often hard to find or not yet covered by insurance. Many doctors consider the vaccine a breakthrough in cancer prevention because it prevents infections from the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus which can cause cervical cancer, genital lesions and genital warts. About six million Americans are diagnosed each year with HPV, which is among the most common STDs.

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