HPV is one of the main causes of mouth and throat cancers. This means it’s really close to our heart.
Over recent years, we have met so many people whose lives have been changed by HPV. Like Victor Middleton. Born on VE day in 1945, Victor was diagnosed with HPV-related mouth cancer.
Victor managed to beat his mouth cancer but the experiences he faced will live with him forever.
Experts estimate that HPV causes around 5% of all cancers. Not only mouth and throat cancers, but also cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis and anus. It is because of this, that we want to raise awareness of HPV and extend vaccination to everyone so that we can eliminate the devastating effect it has on people’s lives.
That’s why we are raising money on behalf of HPV Action.
Together with HPV Action, which includes 50 other organisations and associations, we successfully campaigned for gender-neutral vaccinations.
This means that, from September 2019, British boys will receive the HPV vaccination along with girls (who have had the jab since 2008).
This change in policy was a great victory. But we’re not finished.
The government took over five years to make this life-changing ruling. In that time, around 2 million more boys have gone through the system unprotected.
HPV Action is now campaigning for a catch-up programme for UK boys who have missed out on vaccination.
Please make a donation and help us get the catch-up programme that boys deserve.
See the original article here: Oral Health Foundation