UK Offers HPV Vaccines to Boys
Around 100,000 cancer cases can be prevented in the UK in the next 40 years, with the provision of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
UK health officials said, the vaccine can prevent cervical, mouth, anus and genitals cancer. The vaccination program is extended to include boys and girls.
Public Health England (PHE) experts say the vaccination plan will prevent 64,000 cervical cancers and nearly 50,000 non-cervical cancers until 2058. The HPV vaccination program in the UK, began in girls since 2008. At that time, the person who was vaccinated was a teenager, but still had cancer related to HPV.
What is Human papillomavirus or HPV ?
Human papillomavirus or HPV is a virus that can cause infection on the surface of the skin, and cervical cancer as well.
Viral infections are characterized by the growth of warts on the skin in various areas of the body, such as the arms, legs, mouth, and genital area.
HPV is a virus that is transmitted through sex, which is associated with 99 percent of cervical cancer, and 90 percent of anal cancer, 70 percent of vaginal cancer and more than 60 percent of penile cancer.
Benefits of HPV Vaccines
Several studies have shown transmission of several important types of viruses has dropped to 86 percent in girls aged 16 to 21 years in UK. A in Scotland also showed that the vaccine had reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women to as much as 71 percent.
Robin Weis, professor of viral oncology at University College London, said the extension of the HPV vaccines program is a mutually beneficial situation.
“The HPV vaccine has enjoyed 10 years of success in protecting girls from acquiring cervical cancer as women,” he said in an emailed comment. “It appears clear … that vaccinated boys will themselves benefit from not getting cancer of the penis, anus, and a diminished risk of head and neck cancer.”
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