Researchers recommend HPV vaccine for boys

April 13, 2015 2:27 PM

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A new study out of Canada suggests the HPV vaccine is just as effective for preventing HPV-caused cancers in men, and should be routinely administered to young boys. The HPV vaccine isn't cheap, but the new research suggests initial costs would be offset by savings in the few number of cancer treatments farther down the road. In addition to throat cancer, HPV has been shown to cause penile and anal cancers in men.

Researchers at the University of Toronto built a statistical model to predict what effect early vaccination of young Canadian boys might have on future public health. Her model suggests a vaccine would save lives and money.

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