Michael Douglas talks about throat cancer and HPV

on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in blog

I welcome Hollywood actor Michael Douglas's very frank and open assessment in an interview with the Guardian newspaper, that it seems likely that the throat cancer that he'd suffered with over a number of years was caused by 'oral sex'. 

The HPV (human papiloma virus) virus is widespread in the population and especially amongst reasonably sexually active people - with usually no can harmful effects. However, certain strains cause cancers in certain people.

These strains of HPV are widely associated with cervical cancer but it is less well known that they are also associated with penile cancers, anal cancers and throat cancers - where the virus is likely to have been transmitted through sexual contact. Although we do not yet fully understand why certain people are more vulnerable than others we do know additional risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol.

This statement by Michael Douglas will help to raise awareness of the risks associated with hpv and I believe should serve to encourage those who should be part of the NHS vaccination program to ensure they do get vaccinated. It will also add more voices to the arguments which we have in clinical circles about the 'for's and against' of including boys within the national screening program as is the case in Australia. The vaccine would protect against all of the cancers associated with these hpv strains.

 

At Southdowns Private Healthcare we offer the HPV vaccine for those who are concerned and would like themselves or their children - both boys and girls, to be protected.

Make time for your health call us on 01243 388 712

Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine for Boys and Girls

on Thursday, 21 July 2016. Posted in blog

Gardasil 9 HPV Vaccine for Boys and Girls

New HPV Vaccine

Gardasil9

We are very pleased to offer the new Gardasil9 HPV vaccine which protects against cancers caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection. Most commonly thought of in connection to cervical cancer this virus in highly contagious and can cause genital and throat cancer and genital warts in both men and women. The new Gardasil9 vaccine protects against 9 types of this cancer causing infection, as opposed to the 4 type cover of its predecessor. 

Gardasil9 is not available on the NHS so whilst the schools immunisation programme will continue to provide girls of 14 years old with the existing 4 type vaccine we are delighted to be able to offer this more extensive protection to both girls and boys.

Call us on 01243 766447  / 033 022 02000 for more information or to make an appointment

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At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

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We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.