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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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Medical experts back calls for throat cancer vaccine

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

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