Despite cervical cancer being the most preventable form of cancer, it is afflicting more South African women than any other kind.
Boys should also be vaccinated for the Human Papillomavirus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer, according to a report.
The HPV vaccine roll-out is prompting parents to rethink how they talk to children about sex.
While HPV vaccines will save lives, target schoolgirls will be hard to reach.
Government will start administering cervical cancer vaccines in schools from February next year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced.
Cervical cancer is caused by a very common virus, but it is easy to detect and there is a vaccination for it, writes Mia Malan