Professor Kevin Fenton
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Professor Kevin Fenton oversees PHE's national prevention programmes including screening for cancer and other conditions, health checks, national health marketing campaigns, public mental health, and a range of wellbeing programmes for infants, youth, adults and older adults .

Previously Kevin was director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, between 2005 and 2012. He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Prior to that he was director of the Health Protection Agency’s HIV and STI Department.

Kevin is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and a visiting professor in Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. He also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organisations, government committees, and peer-reviewed journals related to sexual health.

He attended medical school in Jamaica, obtained a Master's in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University College London. He has also authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles and policy reports.

Entries by Professor Kevin Fenton

Changing Your Relationship With Alcohol

(1) Comments | Posted 16 November 2015 | (22:38)

It's safe to say that most people understand and accept the dangers of smoking tobacco, and we are now much more aware of the dangers of eating too much sugar. What about alcohol?

It is commonly understood that drinking alcohol heavily and regularly can lead to serious harm...

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Every Minute Counts: Act FAST to Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2015 | (11:28)

Philippa, 48, had a major stroke at home last year. Her 16-year-old daughter Beth had seen an Act FAST advert on TV and recognised the signs straight away, calling to her father to ring for an ambulance.

Philippa lost most of the movement in the left side...

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A Healthcare Nightmare Is Becoming Reality: What if Our Antibiotics No Longer Worked?

(2) Comments | Posted 10 November 2015 | (00:00)

Much of my working life is devoted to non-communicable diseases and conditions - the things you can't catch, like cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure.

But there are certain issues that no health professional in any field can ignore - they are just too important - and antibiotic resistance is...

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Prevention, Prevention, Prevention: What a Ground Breaking Study Means for Health in England

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2015 | (00:00)

In September, influential medical journal The Lancet published a study which helps us take a fresh look at the way people in England are affected by ill health.

We can now compare how different diseases (like cancer or heart disease) and risk factors (such as smoking or...

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E-cigarettes: What We Know

(6) Comments | Posted 13 October 2015 | (13:41)


Are e-cigarettes safe? Will they help me to quit smoking? Will they harm my kids or encourage them to smoke? These are important questions.

And because e-cigarettes have become popular so fast, from being virtually unheard of to 2.6million British users in...

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Stoptober Gives You the Support You Need to Quit

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2015 | (01:00)


While there is no such thing as a bad month for a smoker to quit, if you want to boost your chances of succeeding October is a great time of year to start.

The reason for this is Stoptober, Public...

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Four Facts That Might Change Your Views on Sugar

(19) Comments | Posted 20 July 2015 | (01:00)

As a public health professional I need to help change people's attitudes to sugar. Because if as a country we don't address our love of sweet food and drink, obesity levels will keep rising and the human and financial cost of ill health will also keep rising.

Let's start with...

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Stoptober: Why Involving Business Is Key

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (11:01)

Stoptober is under way: a national challenge to all smokers to quit and stay smoke-free for the month of October. It's the first step to stopping for good, because people who can get through the first tough weeks are far more likely to give up the habit permanently.


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We Need to do Better on Liver Disease

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (11:25)

In the gruesome Greek myth, Prometheus's liver is pecked out daily by an eagle, only to regenerate overnight. In the real world, the liver's capacity for self-repair is indeed an extraordinary feature, but there are limits. The topic of this blog is the harm and injury from which the liver...

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High Blood Pressure: Tackling the Silent Killer

(5) Comments | Posted 17 May 2014 | (01:00)

High blood pressure is often dubbed the silent killer because so many people don't know they have it and yet it can lead to a number of fatal conditions. If it's left untreated, high blood pressure increases the risks of having a stroke or heart disease. It affects...

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Bowel Cancer: What We Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (11:25)

April is bowel cancer awareness month. It's an opportunity to highlight the potential we have to save lives through prevention and early detection, as well as through swift access to the best possible treatment.

I'd like to focus on the first two aspects of prevention and detection, because I...

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Our Food Environment and Obesity

(2) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (00:00)

What is the link between takeaway food and obesity? It's a tricky question to answer because the evidence on it is mixed. But a recent paper in the BMJ provides some important new insights.

This new study looked at the eating habits and the weight...

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A Healthy Heart for Life

(1) Comments | Posted 21 February 2014 | (00:00)

It's never too early to start looking after your heart. It's never too late, either. February marks national heart month, so it's a good time to reflect on what the research can tell us about how to stay "heart healthy".

Coronary heart disease (CHD) was the biggest...

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Obesity: Why We All Have a Role to Play

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (17:00)

Exercise more, eat (and drink) fewer calories. It's a simple message, but hard to do. In fact, the more we learn about obesity, the more we realise how complex the problem is and why hammering home this message on its own doesn't get you very far, if you're...

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World AIDS Day: Reflecting on HIV testing

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (14:04)

Remember the terrifying AIDS ads of the mid-1980s? Those apocalyptic images of tombstones and the doom-laden voiceover, telling us that AIDS was a death sentence? I was just a teenager then and clearly remember all the fear, the uncertainty, the anger, and the loss that was, and continues to be,...

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Movember Puts Spotlight on Men's Health

(9) Comments | Posted 2 November 2013 | (00:00)

November is the month when over a million men swap their clean-shaven look for a moustache to show their support for Movember - a charity raising funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and men's mental health.

I wonder, though, if people know this...

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Trying to Stop Smoking? You're Not on Your Own in Stoptober

(3) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (01:00)

We all have a stake in helping people to quit smoking, because the chances are that each of us knows and cares about someone who smokes. Even though smoking is less widespread than it used to be, roughly one in five of us still smoke. We know we want to...

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