Gen­der bias

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - STEVE TAY­LOR Mt Roskill

In her en­thu­si­as­tic ap­proval of $150 mil­lion to fund a Gardisal vac­cine for 12 to 18-year-old girls against the hu­man pa­pil­loma virus (HPV), Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark gushes the phrase “any op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent a deadly can­cer should be taken”.

If this is truly Miss Clark’s po­si­tion then I am an­tic­i­pat­ing that full fund­ing for the screen­ing for prostate can­cer is only a short leg­isla­tive step away un­der the Labour gov­ern­ment.

Chance would in­deed be a fine thing.

Hope­fully, with an in­com­ing male prime min­is­ter just a few short months away, men may at last have an ad­vo­cate for health prob­lems that af­fect them too.

The prime min­is­ter may wish to con­sider that, un­like her, can­cer has ab­so­lutely no gen­der bias when it kills peo­ple.

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