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Talking about HPV

This can be a delicate topic. HPV is a factor in increasing numbers of head and neck cancers. HPV is usually caught by having oral sex; this can be embarrassing but experts assure us that most of us have or have had the virus and only a few of us suffer cancer because of it. HPV is the same virus that causes cervical cancer in women, a disease that is being eradicated because of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. Many countries are introducing vaccination for boys, and we are one of them. Thanks Pharmac.

As you can see from the compelling video below, the UK is not there yet. 


ITV CC from The Swallows Cancer Support on Vimeo.

The video is on the new The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Support website (see above). Chris Curtis is the leader and a worldwide head and neck cancer ambassador. 

Here is a link to New Zealand's programme. 


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  • Thanks for this. I thought they were ahead of NZ with this vaccine.
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