HPV Epidemic Spells Cancer Threat for Boys


In this article, two local healthcare firms explain the long-term health risks presented by human papillomavirus (HPV), particularly the cancer threat to boys who are currently excluded from the National Immunisation scheme.  They also suggest potential next steps:

‘Boys Should have Same HPV Vaccination Choices as Girls under NHS’ say Healthcare Experts

Balsall Common Dental Practice have teamed up with Daleswood Health (in Barston) to warn parents about the long-term cancer risks posed by the human papillomavirus (HPV) epidemic, especially to boys currently excluded from the national immunisation scheme.

Such is their concern, the two local businesses have teamed up not only to raise awareness, but also to offer free HPV vaccination consultations (at Daleswood Health) and free mouth cancer screenings (at Balsall Common Dental Practice).

HPV is widely known as the leading cause of cervical cancer in the UK, but is less well-known as one of the leading causes of mouth cancer.

Both private practices have joined a national campaign to persuade the Government to expand the vaccination scheme to include boys:

“If left unchecked 80% of people will catch the virus in their lifetime,” explains Dr Ashley Davenport, Principal Dental surgeon at Balsall Common Dental Practice:

Dr Ashley Davenport (Principal Surgeon at Balsall Common Dental Practice)

“The virus damages DNA and increases the lifetime risk of developing a range of cancers.  1 in 20 of all cancers in the UK are linked to HPV and it is proven to be one of the leading causes of mouth cancer, sufficient numbers that we think boys should enjoy the same choice as girls under the national immunisation scheme.”

“It is great that girls in the UK are given the choice to receive the HPV vaccine via the school vaccination program in year 9, but I also believe boys should be given the choice to receive the same cancer protection.

Unfortunately, the recent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation review concluded that extending the HPV vaccination program to boys would not represent a good use of NHS resources. My boys are now the right age for HPV vaccination and they have both decided they would like to receive it.”

HPV Facts in Brief

  • There is currently no cure for HPV – only preventative vaccines
  • The national immunisation scheme is only available to girls 80% of the population currently are routinely infected by HPVs during their lifetime
  • 5% of all cancer cases in the UK are linked to HPV
  • HPV is a proven leading cause for Mouth Cancer in the UK
  • 97% of dentists and 94% of GPs surveyed have backed calls to expand vaccinations to boys
  • The same percentages (97% of dentists and 94% of GPs) have said that if they had sons they would have them vaccinated against HPV

For an in-depth introduction to HPV and to find out how to claim a free HPV consultation, or free Mouth cancer screening, visit the feature below:


Balsall Common Dental Practice

The team at Balsall Common Dental Practice

Balsall Common Dental Practice provides private dentistry, starting with child-friendly preventative dentistry, all the way through to advanced dentistry.  Services include cosmetic dentistry, smile makeovers that include tooth whitening, veneers, crowns, white fillings, clear braces, implants, bridges, dentures, root filling, hygienist services and more.

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Daleswood Health

Dr Oliver Denton, GP at Daleswood Health

Daleswood Health is a private general practice, offering a holistic approach to healthcare tailored to meet individual needs, incorporating access to a range of allied services.

Dr Alison Denton at Daleswood Health

Where to Find Daleswood Health
Barn House
Barston Lane
B92 0JJ

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Residents to raise petition for local Governance Review

Residents seek Parish Boundary Review

The Balsall Common Village Residents Association recently launched a Working Party with a view to petitioning Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to hold a Governance Review on the boundary between Balsall and Berkswell Parish Councils.

Public Working Party Meeting

The next meeting of the Working Party will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017, starting at 10.00am, in the Westlake Room, to the rear of the Balsall Common Village Hall, Station Road.  All residents are welcome to attend.

Additional Working Party Activities

On Saturday 16th September 2017, the Working Party will have a table outside the Co-op from 9:30am, to meet residents, discuss and answer questions and enable residents to sign the petition.

The following Saturday,  23rd September 2017, there will also be a stall at the Balsall Common Festival, to provide further opportunities for residents to discuss the matter and sign the petition.

2017 Balsall Common Fun Run

“Walk | Jog | Run | Race”: That’s the invitation to potential participants at the 4th Annual Balsall Common Fun Run, organised by The Lily Mae Foundation, which takes place on Sunday 17 September 2017.

Participants in the Senior runs can choose to run 5k or 10k, with start and finish lines at The Heart of England School:

“If running isn’t for you and you just want to watch the runners go by and have fun, a great place to do this is at the start and finish lines at the Heart of England School,” says The Lily Mae Foundation’s Race Director Ryan Jackson.

“The School PTA have again organised a range of food and drink stalls and activities for children, including rides, a bouncy castle and face painting.   We hope to see you all there for a great community day out!”

There will also be Mini-Runs for the youngsters.

Fun Run Main Event Sponsors

As usual, large-scale community events such as this – in order to happen – rely heavily on the support of sponsors.  The Lily Mae Foundation is grateful to all their many sponsors.

The Main Sponsor for the 2017 Event is Coventry University.  Other major sponsors include: Signarama (Birmingham South), for the design and manufacture of all event signage; Look Local (Event Timing Sponsor); Guy Salmon Land Rover Coventry (Lead Car Sponsor).

2017 Balsall Common Fun Run Official Route

Note to residents: Road Closures will be in place during this event.

Fun Run Venue

The Heart of England Secondary School
Gipsy Lane
Balsall Common

Enter Online

The deadline for entries is 6pm on Wednesday 13th September.  For full event details and to enter click the ‘Buy’ button below:

Balsall Common Fun Run 2017

Footballers wanted

Our local club the Hornets are looking for some under12s to join their team (boys currently in Year 7 moving into Year 8 in September).

There will be trials shortly and the team are asking anyone who is keen to be involved to get in touch to find out more.

Please see contact details in the poster.


The Hornets have Junior teams for many age groups and a Saturday morning club for those not yet old enough for teams. There are full details on their website.

Pedal power helping to beat prostate cancer

Balsall Common resident Richard Murray is riding from London to Amsterdam in support of the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

He’s part of a team from business coaching company Elephants Child. Their Managing Director Martin Brown, lost his father-in-law to the disease.

In total the team has raised £7000 with four weeks to go. The 145-mile trip is backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association with high-profile former players and managers such as Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson taking part.

Balsall Common Lions Club are just one of many local organisations, residents and businesses to support the team. They have a long history of supporting prostate cancer awareness events. They are organising a prostate cancer screening session in Balsall Common this weekend, their 3rd such event. The screening takes place at St Peters Church Hall from 10am to 1pm.

Balsall Common Lions Club Committee Service Chairman, Lion Steve Meakin with Richard Murray

Richard Murray explained: “This is a cause dear to my heart as my grandfather and uncle both lost their own battles with cancer. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from this condition. I’m looking forward to getting into the saddle and raising money in support of this tremendous charity. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

“I’m also desperate to raise awareness and encourage men to get themselves checked. We’re notoriously bad at visiting doctors and looking after our health. Anyone that has concerns and can’t make Saturday’s screening should book an appointment with their GP,” he added.

The trip begins on 9 June and will see around 500 riders making the two-day journey aiming to raise a total of £500,000 for the charity.

To donate please visit Richard’s Just Giving page.

For more information on the event visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website.