UK: NHS refuses to vaccinate boys against HPV

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'The NHS is refusing to give teenage boys an inexpensive vaccine that grants long-term protection against Britain's fastest-growing form of cancer – on the grounds that it is cheaper to treat deadly tumours later in life.

The jab grants immunity to the human papillomavirus (HPV), and has been provided free to all girls aged 12 to 13 since 2008 because HPV causes cervical cancer.

But it is now known it also causes 'oropharyngeal' cancer of the tongue, mouth and throat, whose incidence is rocketing, as well as tumours of the genitals and anus.
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Professor Margaret Stanley, of Cambridge University's pathology department, the incoming president of the International Papillomavirus Society, said: 'You cannot protect against these cancers by only vaccinating half the population. Not to immunise boys is classic Treasury short-termism. You may not spend so much now, but it will cost far more years later.'

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