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THL: And boys should get HPV vaccine – they would prevent nearly 300 cancer cases a yearly domestic



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The national vaccine program should contain vaccines against HPV – that is, a vaccine against viral papillomas – and for boys, suggests the Institute of Health and Social Welfare (THL).

This would effectively counteract the cancer causing the papillomavirus to protect both girls and boys, according to THL in a recent report.

HPV causes cancer, among other things, of the uterus, vulva, vagina, anus, penis and throat. Of the young, up to 8 out of 10 are infected with HPV at some stage in their lives.

Currently, the HPV vaccine is only included in the vaccine program for girls because it protects against uterine cancer.

Between 20 and 50 percent of head and neck cancer were caused by HPV infection. The cancer of the tongue and the tonsils appears in half of the cases due to HPV, says senior physician Tuija Leino in the THL.

It can completely prevent HPV

The fact that girls are vaccinated against viral papillomas causes annual savings of just over 11 million euros.

If boys are also vaccinated, almost 300 cancer cases will be prevented each year, saving more than four million euros, says Professor Antti Makitie of THL.

"It's even possible to get rid of the HPV," says Makitie.

The proposal was sent to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

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