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WDKX.com » Blog » Michael Douglas' Health Revelation Puts HPV In The Spotlight
Jun 4th 2013 6:06 am
Michael Douglas' Health Revelation Puts HPV In The Spotlight
by News

Rochester, N.Y. -- A revelation by actor Michael Douglas is throwing a spotlight on a subject not often talked about: oral cancer caused by a sexually spread virus. It's known as human papillomavirus, or HPV.

A vaccine can protect against HPV - but not everyone takes advantage of it.

The vaccine can prevent HPV contracted from sex or otherwise--and guard against a host of cancers.

"It's a safe vaccine, it's been widely tested in Europe and Scandinavia it's been used a lot longer there than it has been used here," said pediatrician Ed Lewis.

Jacki Brennan has four children, all of them vaccinated for HPV.

"It's reality," said Brennan. "It's life, so we have to be smart about it."

Many don't realize that men can get HPV, and that vaccines are recommended for both sexes.

A 2011 federal survey found that only 35-percent of girls surveyed completed the three-shot vaccination. Only one-percent of boys finished it.