By: Thomas, Tami L. ; Yeager, Katherine
Oncology nurses should know the facts about human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for both girls and boys in order to help protect the next generation from throat cancer. HPV vaccination is approved for both women and men, and it can prevent HPV-related cancers. However, the benefit for boys is often overlooked by the initial focus and marketing of the HPV vaccine as a means to prevent cervical cancer. Over the next century, vaccinating boys and men ages 9 to 26 years could prevent more than 40,000 cancer-related deaths. Nurses can use family-centered strategies to increase parents’ knowledge of HPV vaccination to help increase vaccination rates for boys. And men will need to understand that HPV infection and related HPV cancers are not just “women’s diseases” in order to boost their vaccination rates.