I have a new challenge, and I'm looking forward to telling you all about it...
NOMAN raises awareness about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancer epidemic in men and women, and campaigns for universal HPV vaccination, while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world. I’m getting involved in the 2017 rowing challenge for a number of reasons and I’m incredibly excited about what lies ahead. It’s obviously an important cause with a whole host of inspiring passionate people driving this forward. I want to do everything I can to be a part of NOMAN and raise awareness of how we can prevent the 5% of cancers caused by HPV while undertaking this exciting endurance challenge.
NOMAN's Barcelona - Ibiza race pits teams of rowers against each other in a three day race across the Mediterranean. Rowing across an ocean is like no other sport - it is as much about the crews' ability to cope mentally as it is about technique and physical strength. No prior rowing experience is necessary which makes this a fantastic challenge accessible to anyone with the desire and will to get involved. Being part of a team with a multi faceted goal is exciting to me and I’m looking forward to getting on with the process both on dry land and out at sea.
Click on the picture to check out the 2017 NOMAN ocean rowing event promo here:
More information will come in due course and I'll do my best to keep you all updated with progress and preparation here and on Instagram & Twitter. Please do have a look at the NOMAN website and see if it's something you'd be interested in supporting! There are a couple of spaces still remaining if you want to join the challenge!
Facts about human papillomavirus (HPV)
• HPV is responsible for 5% of cancers worldwide.
• HPV infects virtually everyone – 80% of the population will have HPV at some point in their lifetime. The majority of people infected by HPV will not experience any serious health issues, but if the virus does not resolve, it can lead to other, more serious diseases.
• HPV can lead to cervical, anal (both genders), head & neck (both genders), penile, vulvar and vaginal cancers.
• Over 2000 men a year in the UK are diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer.
• Both men and women are affected by HPV and the cancers it causes. In 10 years’ time, more men than women will develop a cancer caused by HPV.
• HPV-related oral cancer is the fastest increasing type of cancer in healthy men in many developed countries. Michael Douglas tried to raise awareness about the HPV connection with regards to his oral cancer in 2013, but the showbiz media covered the issue poorly.
• HPV can be prevented by a cheap, safe, and effective vaccine (there are actually two, Gardasil and Cervarix). Gardasil also prevents against genital warts (caused by non-cancer causing strains of HPV) and is the vaccine is used in the schools vaccination programme in the UK.
• One of the barriers to eliminating this virus is the falsehood that HPV is a female-only virus. This is due to its association with yearly gyno smears, and the fact that vaccine is given to women only in most countries. HPV doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we when we decide who has access to the vaccine.
• In most countries, boys are not routinely vaccinated against HPV, but this is changing. An increasing number of countries are now recommending vaccinating boys, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Ireland and the USA. In recent weeks, Italy and Bermuda have announced the decision to vaccinate boys.
• In the USA, we successfully advocated for the vaccine approval for males, but vaccine rates are still below 50%.
• A gender-neutral virus needs a gender-neutral vaccine