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Take action to support Human papillomavirus (HPV) campaign

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a strong weapon in cancer prevention as it protects both females and males against HPV infections that can lead to almost all cases of cervical cancer, as well as a number of other cancers such as anal, penile, vaginal and vulvar, oral cavity and oropharyngeal. Current evidence tells us that the HPV vaccines are safe and most of the side effects that occur are not serious. The safety is being followed in Canada and other countries on an ongoing basis.

 

In Ontario, the current school-based HPV vaccination program includes only females, boys can get vaccinated through their healthcare provider but may have to pay out-of-pocket. The Canadian Cancer Society wants to equalize access to the vaccine.

 

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Meet Tiffany Bond. A mother and cancer survivor whose type of throat cancer is related to HPV and may have been prevented by the vaccine. Tiffany was diagnosed at the age of 39. 

"I wish the vaccine had been available when I was younger," says Bond. "Having gone through what I went through, I cannot understand why parents would choose not to have their children vaccinated against HPV."

It is the Canadian Cancer Society's priority to build awareness of the link between HPV and cancer, while increasing the uptake of the HPV vaccine among grade 8 girls in Ontario, and advocating for boys to be included in the school-based vaccination program.

As only girls are currently included in the Ontario school-based vaccination program, in order to be vaccinated, parents or guardians must complete a consent form that is sent home and return it to their child's school. Boys can get vaccinated through their healthcare provider, but may have to pay out-of-pocket. All doses must be completed for the best protection.

Resources have been developed for individuals and organizations to use and share.

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If you have questions contact our Cancer Information Service by phone 1 888 939-3333 or by e-mail info@cis.cancer.ca.  

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Public opinion polling

Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec have expanded their HPV school vaccination programs to include boys. It is time Ontario did the same. 

86% of Ontarians support government funding to vaccinate grade 8 boys and girls against HPV.

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The Society is recommending the Government of Ontario expand the Ontario school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program to include boys. Ontarians should have equitable access to cancer treatment and care whether delivered in the hospital or at home.

Including boys will equalize access, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs and disease in Ontario.

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