Boys skip HPV drug
MANY adolescent boys are failing to complete the full course of three doses of the lifesaving HPV vaccine Gardasil.
Parents have been urged to ensure their children are vaccinated, after figures showed an average 73 per cent of girls and only 60 per cent of boys completed the course.
“While 71 per cent of young men received the first dose, rates fell to 67 per cent and about 59 per cent for doses two and three,” said Cancer Council Queensland spokesman Katie Clift.
“HPV is a common virus that can be prevented through vaccination – the uptake of HPV vaccinations is critical in reducing the rising trend of HPV- related cancers.”
The human papillomavirus causes around 90 per cent of anal cancers, 35 per cent of penile cancers and 60 per cent of oropharyngeal cancers ( cancer including tongue and tonsils) in Australia.
The Gardasil vaccination is most effective if administered before a young person becomes sexually active.