Teenage boys at risk from cancer virus
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 18:30
"As educators we have a duty of care to the young men in our schools to provide them with the information that they need to choose to get vaccinated", said Ms Rajkumar.
Under the current system, only girls aged between 12 and 13 in United Kingdom schools are vaccinated against HPV to help protect them from developing cervical cancer.
Dr Christian Jessen, best known from the television show Embarrassing Bodies, is now calling for boys to become privately vaccinated too and has teamed up with Boots to offer both men and women the chance to be vaccinated across 68 of their United Kingdom stores.
Other strains of HPV cause sexually transmitted infections like genital warts - the second most common type of STI in England after chlamydia.
The need to protect against HPV is not just a female issue, as 4 out of 5 sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some point during their lives.
In its updated position statement, the committee said that since the programme was introduced, increasing evidence has emerged that HPV immunisation is likely to protect against a wider range of cancers than was thought, including anal, penile and some types of head and neck cancer.
'The virus is spread by close skin-to-skin or sexual contact with another person already carrying the virus.
Geraldine McQuillan, a senior infectious disease epidemiologist with the CDC and the lead author of the report, said researchers were surprised to see the number of adults who had high-risk genital HPV.
The vaccination protects against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to cervical cancer in women. "That being said, I recommend my patients are vaccinated at any age, as this will always offer some degree of protection", Dr Jessen says.
The world was heartbroken in 2009 when Jade Goody passed away following a battle to cervical cancer leaving her two children and husband Jack Tweed behind.
'Even despite all the awareness raising Jade did about cancer, I wasn't aware of the risks related to HPV for my sons, ' the dad-of-two tells MailOnline.
He told Mail Online: "Jade's death may have been HPV-related so as a family we know first-hand how heart-breaking the consequences of the virus can be".
'Jade would want me to do all I can to protect our boys and I can't lose them too'.
Jeff is supporting the store's new service, which will be available across 68 branches throughout the country for both males and females between 12-44 years old. For girls and boys aged between 12 and 14 years old, it will cost £300 for a course of two vaccinations.