The Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Cancer Society is hoping the provincial government will find some room in the budget for an HPV vaccination program for boys.
Human Papillomavirus is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, and can result in cancers on different areas of the body.
Donna Pasiechnik with the Canadian Cancer Society said HPV-related throat cancers in men have been growing rapidly.
“Men are more than four times more likely to get an HPV mouth or throat cancer than women,” explained Pasiechnik. “We know that this vaccination can prevent the majority of these infections.”
Saskatchewan has had a program in place to provide HPV vaccines to girls since 2008. About 80% of all girls have received the vaccination.
Pasiechnik said she hopes the government will respond to the Society before the budget is released on March 22.
(With files from CJWW)