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