The Times has published a letter from a group of MPs and peers backing the campaign for the HPV vaccination programme to be extended to boys. The HPV has been linked with a number of cancers in men and women.
The letter, argues that adolescent boys, as well as girls, should be included in the HPV vaccination programme, was signed by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Men's Health. The Men's Health Forum has worked with the group to brief parliamentarians on the case for extending the HPV vaccination programme to boys.
The MPs and peers who signed the letter are:
- John Baron MP, chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer
- Sir Paul Beresford MP, chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Dentistry
- Mike Freer MP
- Baroness Joyce Gould, chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK
- Pamela Nash MP, chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS
- Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Men’s Health
The Men's Health Forum was a founding member of HPV Action, the campaigning coalition that now includes 33 patient and professional organisations working to reduce the burden of HPV.
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- Genital warts FAQs
- Men and cancer saving lives - our report asking why men are more likely to be diagnosed with and to die from nearly all common cancers.