Men’s awareness of cervical cancer: a qualitative study

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'As HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, men are crucial in the prevention of cervical cancer, but research about men’s awareness on cervical cancer is limited. Therefore, in this study, we investigated men’s awareness toward women’s cervical cancer, to thoroughly understand the viewpoints of men, and to emphasize the centrality of the role of men in the prevention of cervical cancer.


How HPV is causing more than just cervical cancer

'Cancers caused by the human papillomavirus are on the rise but not necessarily among the demographic groups employers might expect, a speaker told delegates at Benefits Canada’s Healthy Outcomes conference in May.

While commonly known as a cause of cervical cancers in women, both sexes are seeing a major rise in anogenital and oral cancers associated with the virus, said Dr. Nancy Durand, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toronto.

“Men, of course, can get external genital warts, but we’re now realizing the importance of these other factors in causing things like oral cancers . . . as well as anal cancers and penile cancers,” she said.'

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The HPV vaccine provides very little or no benefit to most men and boys. Genital HPV is largely asymptomatic in men, is frequently undiagnosed and very rarely requires treatment for the infection or its complications. The cancers used as an excuse for vaccinating all men and boys are extremely rare in the general population, and are mostly associated with men who have sex with men, particularly those with HIV. Vaccinating this group makes good sense.

The primary beneficiaries of male vaccination for HPV generally is women.

Men suffer more cancer diagnoses (counting all cancers) and deaths than women world wide, but receive a small fraction of the funding made available for breast and cervical cancers. Very few women are interested in the health of men and boys (unless they gave birth to them or provide a meal ticket), and most do not even know what issues men and boys face in their cancer experiences. Support services for men with cancer are either minority group focused or until very recently, non-existent.

There are a multitude of government and WHO initiatives that focus on the health of women and unfairly exclude men. There are a multitude of women's organisations and government education/health institutions that demean men and maliciously refuse to acknowledge men's health issues due to ideological beliefs.

So why would men generally give a toss about getting vaccinated to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer?

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