Boys Are Lagging in Preventing Cancer

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         A new study shows boys are 10 percent less likely than girls to receive the HPV cancer vaccine.  The study by Johns Hopkins shows 63 percent of girls received the vaccine which prevents cervical cancer in girls, head and neck cancer in boys and anal cancer in both genders.

  Dr. Kevin Ault, a gynecologist with The University of Kansas Health System, has been part of the Centers for Disease Control committees overseeing the vaccine.  In the video, Dr. Ault stresses the evidence is decisive that vaccine does safely prevent cancers.  But, he thinks the lower male vaccination rates are because the campaign for girls to get the vaccine started years before the benefits for boys was known.