Decoding Cancer: The HPV Vaccine – Warts and all (Galway)

August 23, 2016 - 18:30 to 19:30

We are pleased to announce our upcoming Decoding Cancer public talk entitled: ‘The HPV Vaccine – Warts and all’.

This public talk will take place in two venues: Galway, 23rd August and Cork, 24th August.

Cervical cancer (and some other forms of cancer) are caused by the HPV virus.

In 2016 more than 90 Irish women will die from cervical cancer and a further 280 will need intensive treatment, such as surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, to help them overcome invasive cervical cancer (4 in 10 of these women will succumb to their disease within 5 years).

HPV also causes pre-cancerous cervical conditions and a further 6,500 Irish women will need hospital treatment to remove these growths.

HPV vaccination can prevent cervical and other cancers caused by this virus and is offered free of charge to all girls in their first year of secondary school. However, parents have become concerned at possible health issues associated with this vaccination programme.

As part of the Irish Cancer Society’s “Decoding Cancer” series we have invited speakers to outline the significance of HPV as a cause of cancer and the facts about the safety of the vaccine being used in Irish schools.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Margaret Stanley, OBE, University of Cambridge, whose research focusses on the development of vaccines and immunotherapies against HPV.
  • Dr Michael O Leary, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Galway University Hospital. (Galway event only)
  • Dr Matt Hewitt, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital (Cork event only)
  • Moderator: Dr Robert O Connor, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society

The talk will take place in the Clayton Hotel Galway 6.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 23 August and in The Oriel House Hotel Cork 6.30-7.30pm on Wednesday 24 August.

This is a free event but please register your attendance.

Register for Galway