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Calls to give boys HPV vaccine

Boys should receive the HPV jab that girls are already receiving, according to a dental charity.

The British Dental Health Foundation says that the human papillomavirus (HPV), often transmitted via oral sex, will overtake tobacco use as the main risk factor for mouth cancer within the next decade.

Currently, girls aged between 12 and 13 receive the vaccine to prevent developing cervical cancer in the future.

Drinking alcohol to excess and poor diet as well as tobacco use and HPV increase the risk of developing mouth cancer.

The burden of HPV associated cancers is now almost the same in men as in women. Men face a significant and rising risk of HPV-associated disease, and without vaccination men remain at risk

– Professor Margaret Stanley OBE from the Department of Pathology University of Cambridge