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.