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A charity launched today - The Throat Cancer Foundation - is warning throat cancer rates are on the rise and is calling for the HPV vaccine programme for girls to be extended to boys to prevent an epidemic.
- Rates of oropharyngeal cancer in England and Wales have increased from 1,060 in 2006 to 1,780 in 2010
- In Scotland, rates have more than doubled in the past 20 years
The charity argues that treating throat cancer, costs the NHS £45,000 per patient, but the cost of a HPV vaccine is just £45 per person.
Medical professionals are backing a new charity launched today - The Throat Cancer Foundation - which is calling for the extension of HPV vaccines, that could prevent throat cancer.
- Oropharyngeal cancer (throat cancer) is cancer of the part of the throat used for speaking and swallowing
- It is caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that lives on the skin, and can be passed through daily contact
- There is no cure for HPV, but a vaccine does exist
- Currently only given to girls to avoid cervical cancer, the Throat Cancer Foundation says it should be extended to all 12-year-old boys, as well as girlS
A new charity is urging the Government to deal with the 'ticking time bomb' that is throat cancer.
Launched today, The Throat Cancer Foundation is calling for the introduction of a vaccine for boys to prevent an epidemic of throat cancer.
The HPV vaccine has routinely been given to girls in the UK since 2008, in an attempt to cut out cervical cancer rates.
According to the charity, oropharyngeal cancer - the part of the throat used for speaking and swallowing - affects over 3,000 people a year in the UK.