Jeff Brazier has opened up about his fears of losing his two sons to the same cancer that killed their mother Jade Goody.
The 37-year-old is backing a campaign calling for boys to receive the HPV vaccination, which is currently offered to girls aged 12-13 years old on the NHS.
The vaccination protects against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to cervical cancer in women.
Despite the attention given to Jade Goody’s cancer diagnosis, there is known about the effects that this disease can have on men, which gives the father-of-two’s family cause for concern.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about his support for the campaign, the life coach and presenter explained that it’s possible Jade’s death could have been related to the disease.
‘Jade’s death may have been HPV-related so as a family we know first-hand how heart-breaking the consequences of the virus can be.’
Jeff continued to speak about his two sons, Bobby and Freddie, who lost their mum to cervical cancer when they were just five and six years old.
The father revealed that losing them is something he worries about, and he wants to protect them from contracting the same cancer that killed their mum.
‘Jade would want me to do all I can to protect our boys and I can’t lose them too.’
Despite the disease being mainly associated with women, Jeff has spoken out to say that he will be getting his children vaccinated.
‘HPV is typically seen as a female issue. But I’ll definitely be getting them vaccinated now.’
Boots is now launching a new private HPV vaccination service to help provide parents with an option to protect their sons as well as their daughters.
Boots says that although HPV is typically seen as a female issue, four out of five sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some point during their lives.
Jeff is supporting the store’s new service, which will be available across 68 branches throughout the country for both males and females between 12-44 years old.
Speaking about the new launch of the vaccine, Jeff addressed other parents saying, ‘Although awareness of female HPV related diseases is relatively high, many parents don’t realise how HPV related conditions and cancers can affect boys as well as girls.
‘It’s essential that parents are fully educated on this and realise there are options for protecting their sons as well as daughters – it’s particularly important to me as my boys are now coming up to the age when if they were girls they would be vaccinated under the NHS HPV vaccination programme.’