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Call for boy cancer vaccine

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 asking for HPV vaccinations to be extended to all 12-year-old boys, as well as girls.

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Charity calls for boys to be given throat cancer vaccine

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.

Calls for throat cancer vaccines to be extedned to all 12-year-old boys as well as girls Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

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.

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