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Letters HPV vaccination

Boys in the UK should be offered vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV)

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 11 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3762
  1. David Mitchell, member1,
  2. Riccardo Audisio, member1,
  3. Garth Cruickshank, member1,
  4. Stephen Cannon, member1,
  5. Talvinder Gill, member1,
  6. Andrew Hayes, member1,
  7. Sean Kehoe, member1,
  8. Jim McGuigan, member1,
  9. Barry Powell, member1,
  10. Nick Price, member1,
  11. Nicholas Roland, member1,
  12. Lynda Wyld, member1
  13. On behalf of the Cancer Services Committee
  1. 1Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PE, UK
  1. david.mitchell{at}

Wise reported that of 74% of the girls and young women who were offered vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) only half the women not in education, employment, or training were included in the offer.1

Much more concerning is the fact that oropharyngeal cancer driven by HPV has the fastest rising incidence of any cancer, yet no boys in the United Kingdom are offered vaccination.

We …

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