90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Committee Recommends Boys Get HPV Vaccine

One dose of the vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck & Co. (AP)

One dose of the vaccine Gardasil, developed by Merck & Co. (AP)

An astronomical rise in throat and neck cancers in men is blamed on the human papillomavirus or HPV which also causes cervical cancer in women.

In fact, some researchers say these cancers in men may outnumber the cases of cervical cancer within a decade.

Infection with the virus, which is spread primarily through sexual contact, can be prevented through vaccination.

An advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control is recommending vaccination for 11 and 12 year-old boys.

The vaccine has been routinely offered to girls since 2006.

Studies show that the vaccine is safe and effective. But it’s still been controversial because the virus is spread through sexual contact.

Guest:

  • Dr. Robert Haddad, chief of the head and neck oncology program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He’s a long-time advocate of vaccinating boys against HPV.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23 4 Comments

How To Keep That Fitness Resolution

It's that time of year when the post-New Year's crowd at the gym starts to thin. We get advice on how to stick with it.

January 22 Comment

The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.