HPV vaccine to be offered to boys.
Teenage boys entering Year 8 this September will be offered the free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for the first time ever.
It’s estimated that the HPV vaccine programme – which currently vaccinates teenage girls but not boys – will lead to the prevention of over 64,000 cervical cancers and nearly 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058, according to the University of Warwick.
Cervical cancer is currently the most common cancer in women under 35, killing around 850 women each year. HPV is thought to be responsible for over 99% of cervical cancers, as well as 90% of anal cancers, about 70% of vaginal and vulvar cancers and more than 60% of penile cancers. It’s also been linked to head and neck cancer.