Cancers associated with the most common form of sexually transmitted infection, human Papillomavirus (HPV) is on a rise around the world.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that rates of cancers of the mouth, head or tongue linked with HPV is increasing with men at four times higher risk than women.
‘Vaccinating boys with human papillomavirus vaccine can help in reducing rising rates of oropharyngeal cancers related to HPV among men.’
HPV infections can be prevented by HPV vaccinations. But currently, the vaccine is recommended for teenage girls and in many countries, it is made mandatory for girls before they become sexually active.
But the growing rates of oropharyngeal cancers in men stresses upon the need to vaccinate teenage boys with HPV vaccine.
A recent CDC report revealed that HPV-related cancer cases had significantly incremented in the United States between 2008 and 2012. Health experts said that vaccination could have positively impacted these numbers.