Decoding Cancer: HPV, Cancer and Vaccination - Time for a Reality Check

Decoding Cancer: HPV, Cancer and Vaccination-Time for a Reality Check
July 27th, 2017

Thursday, 27 July, marks World Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Day. Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx (voicebox), throat, nasal cavity/middle ear and sinuses. Mouth and throat cancers in men and women are becoming more common and a high percentage of these cancer are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a common infection that most of us will get in our lives. While it is harmless for the majority, for some it can cause particular cancers, the most common and well known being cervical cancer. It is estimated that, each year in Ireland, around 420 people are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV. Of those, 69 relate to cancers of the mouth and throat. Vaccination is the only way to prevent infection and hence is a vital tool in preventing HPV cancers.

‘HPV, Cancer and Vaccination – Time for a Reality Check’ will hear from Professor James Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, at the RCSI Education and Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital. A specialist in head and neck cancer, Prof O’Neill will look at the links between head and neck cancer and HPV, and identify methods of prevention such as the HPV vaccination, which is currently offered for free to first-year second-level schoolgirls under the HSE’s national vaccination programme.

The talk is free and open to everyone. If you would like to attend please register on

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