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Tenovus Cancer Care welcomes HPV vaccination announcement

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Tenovus Cancer Care has welcomed the announcement by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, that the HPV vaccination programme will be extended to include adolescent boys in Wales.

“This is something we have wanted for a number of years due to the clear health benefits this would bring,” said Tenovus Cancer Care Chief Executive Claudia McVie.

“The current vaccination programme aimed at girls and men who have sex with men has been a success but does not go far enough and the inclusion of all adolescent boys to the programme is vital if we are to tackle the soaring rates of HPV-related cancers among men.

“This long-awaited decision will also bring to an end the unfair situation whereby only those parents who can afford to pay for privately-funded HPV vaccinations are able to protect their sons.

“We hope Mr Gething moves quickly to roll out the programme across Wales.”

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jcvi-statement-extending-the-hpv-vaccination-programme-conclusions