Episode 3: Understanding the HPV vaccine

In episode three, Steve Bland reflects on the study published in the Lancet that found that the HPV vaccine has cut cases of cervical cancer by almost 90 per cent (HPV vaccine cutting cervical cancer by nearly 90% – BBC News). But it’s not just cervical cancer that’s caused by HPV. In fact. many head and neck cancers are also related to the virus.

Steve speaks to Navin Mani, a consultant head and neck surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and Steve Sweeney and his son Ben. Steve was diagnosed with vocal chord cancer six years ago and son Ben, 14, has had the vaccine.

To find out more about the HPV vaccine, click the following link: HPV vaccine overview – NHS (www.nhs.uk).