Can HPV Shots Reduce Oral Cancer Costs?
By vaccinating teenage boys against the HPV virus—human papillomavirus—could the chances of head and neck cancers be less likely to occur? That seems to be what new research is showing.
Learning about HPV
Many associate HPV as a sexually transmitted virus that can eventually cause cervical cancer and/or genital warts. However, human papillomavirus has been connected with other types of cancers, too, including anal, vulvar and oropharyngeal. Oropharyngeal cancer is known for forming in the throat, around the tonsils and at the back of the tongue.
Once believed to have mainly been caused due to smoking and drinking, experts in the industry have been searching for other explanations for head and neck cancer, as the number of heterosexual males who have been diagnosed with such has not only increased, but spiked.
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In this new study, researchers applied a statistical model to more than 190,000 Canadian boys who were the age of 12 back in 2012. The conclusion was that the vaccination could save anywhere from $8 to $28 million Canadian dollars over the boys’ lifespan—depending on the effectiveness of the vaccines, as well as how many boys actually received it.
Dr. Lillian Siu, the author of the study and senior medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, notes that while this is just a model or test, the ultimate goal is to simply raise awareness and then develop a dialogue.
As of now, there are over 100 types of HPV—13 different types that can cause cancer. HPV is noted as being the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”