Young men should be vaccinated against HPV, says a report on the BBC News website. Plus, why cervical screening can be important in younger women.
Welcome to our Hollybank Clinics blog. Our attention was drawn recently to a news item on the BBC News website that opened with a thought-provoking question:
“Doctors and health professionals are regularly paying hundreds of pounds for their teenage sons to receive a vaccination against cancer that girls already receive for free on the NHS. Is boys’ health being put at risk?”
It’s an important story and one with a couple main points that our GPs feel very strongly about.
In women there is a widely recognised and strong link between the HPV virus and Cervical cancer. A vaccine for HPV is available through the NHS for young women. But the same vaccination is not available for men. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact.
The risk for boys is that, should they engage in sexual activity with a girl with the virus, they themselves could be vulnerable to throat and other cancers. At Hollybank Private GP Clinics, we can offer the vaccine to male patients, a service that, as we have said, is not available on the NHS and which, according to the BBC news item, is persuading some doctors to get their sons vaccinated privately. In another BBC news item, a father is calling for the vaccination to be given to young men following his own cancer diagnosis.
In addition, although cervical cancer mainly affects patients over that age of 25, it can also occur at younger ages, especially if there is a family history of the condition. At Hollybank Private GP Clinics, we offer a cervical screening service, which is ideal for anyone who has concerns about the condition and who has not yet reached the age of 25, when the NHS screening begins. It’s worth noting that Cervical screening is very effective at picking up those very early changes that usually lead to cervical cancer.
To book an HPV vaccination, cervical screening or any of the many services offered by our GPs, simply call us on 01484637981, or email us via our contact page.
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