When Andrew Miller was training for a marathon, he noticed after about an hour of running, his front tooth would go slightly numb, as if he’d been to the dentist. He also had occasional nosebleeds, but the Whāngarei GP didn’t think much of it.
But when he decided to get it checked out, specialists discovered cancer in his nose, which had been caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Known as the “common cold” of sexually transmitted infections, without immunisation, around 80 per cent of sexually active adults will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.
The virus is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, with 150 women in New Zealand diagnosed every year. It can also cause other cancers in the genital area of both men and women, specifically the