It’s estimated that the HPV vaccine programme – which currently vaccinates teenage girls but not boys – will lead to the prevention of over 64,000 cervical cancers and nearly 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058, according to the University of Warwick. Huff Post reports.
Cervical cancer is currently the most common cancer in women under 35, killing around 850 women each year. HPV is thought to be responsible for over 99% of cervical cancers, as well as 90% of anal cancers, about 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers and more than 60% of penile cancers. It’s also been linked to head and neck cancer.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England, said “Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV-related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future,” she said, urging people not to delay the vaccine, as it might be less effective as teenagers get older – the ideal is for teens to have it before they become sexually active.”
Read more information HPV Vaccine offered to boys from September 2019 – What parents need to know
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