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.
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