HPV Vaccine for Boys

Vaccination could help prevent throat cancer in men.
2:24 | 10/24/11

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Now healthy living -- health revolution tonight ABC news has learned that tomorrow there may be a new vaccine. And is it time to -- this vaccine not every child in this country male as well as female as routine as measles and mumps vaccine. It involves that HPV virus linked to cervical cancer but tonight. It's not the only disease that could be linked to the virus and here's ABC's chief health and medical editor doctor Richard -- HPV is a common virus 80% of women have it at some point in their lives. Often it's harmless but for some it can cause cervical cancer. In something you may not expected. Cancer in men. Still -- doesn't smoke he's a picture of health a professional photographer -- 21 years one day while He receiving He noticed a lump on his neck. The states or stroke cancer what went through your head. -- of all things I've missed out on that I didn't do with my children my wife. -- case is one of more than 8500 HPV positive head and neck cancers this year. A number that increased dramatically over the last decade. They think men are getting it from wind. Getting the virus through oral sex or other forms of close contact. There is a vaccine against HPV. But it's controversial. Despite recommendations. Less than 50% of girls have gotten it are we missing a really big opportunity here for prevention. These vaccines are very important -- -- as important as polio rubella mumps and all the other vaccines -- young kids receive. Now the CDC is about to -- you. Should always get the vaccine to. I think they'd be crazy not to I think you've got to be vaccinated can now. You know with what the information that's out there. It's just you don't want them waking up and twenty or thirty years and finding out -- stage four throat cancer and that's where I am now. Such -- wake up call and you're saying not just cancer but heart this -- today. -- a new study out today for the first time suggests a link between -- PV infection and heart disease in some women. Now if this holds up in any additional studies this could open -- door. For new way of preventing whenever begins can killers -- -- and I know how do you feel about this in your own family. You had your sons get this vaccine after -- fill my son's accident but.

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