Vaccinating schoolboys against human papillomavirus (HPV)
Vaccination of girls has already been credited with reducing cervical cancer in women, but researchers also believe it can.
A two-year study of 235 patients in Scotland with head and neck cancer found HPV was present in 60% of cases.
A report in April said a vaccine for girls had nearly wiped out cases of cervical pre-cancer since an immunization program was introduced 1
Over the last decade, schoolgirls across the UK have routinely received the HPV vaccine when they are 12 or 13. The uptake of the girls' vaccine in Scotland is about 90%.  The new report's co-author, Kevin Pollock, of Glasgow's Caledonian University, said the vaccination to boys could reduce head and neck cancer, which has been over 25 years, especially among men.
In 1994 , there were 100 cases in Scotland, but by 2015 this had more than tripled to 350.
Dr Pollock said alcohol and smoking had linked to these cancers and added that a change in sexual behavior could have had an impact.  What is HPV?
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- HPV is the name given to a common group of viruses – there are more than 100 types
- It is usually sexually transmitted, but it can also be transmitted by any skin-to-skin contact in the genital and oral areas
- HPV types 16 and 18
- HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for the majority of genital wart infections
- The number of genital wart infections in the UK has already dropped off in both girls and boys because of the girls' vaccination program
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He welcomed Scottish government plans to extend the school's HPV vaccination program to cover boys as well as girls.
Our latest data shows that 78% of people with head and neck cancers were diagnosed with HPV what is present in 60% of the canc ers, "he said.
" This means the vaccine may reduce some of these cancers in the long term in Scotland. "
" Not only that, but when we look at the deprivation status of these cases "- much like cervical
'End of the destructive impacts'
The findings follow April's report from Dr Pollock and academics from Strathclyde, Aberdeen and Edinburgh University, which suggested routine vaccination of schoolgirls in Scotland with HPV have led to a dramatic reduction in cervical disease in later life.
Since a UK-wide immunization scheme for girls aged 12 and 13 20.
Throat Cancer Foundation chief executive Jamie Rae welcomed the latest research.
The Falkirk businessman, who set up the charity a HPV has been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer HPV has been head of HPV has been diagnosed with HPV neck cancers.
"HPV vaccination program aims to benefit and protect children's health in future years."
The Cancer Research UK-funded study involved experts from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Glasgow and Strathclyde universities and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It was published by the Sussex Cancer Center and published in the Elsevier Clinical Oncology Journal.