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HPV, Cancer and Vaccination-Time for a Reality Check

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HPV, Cancer and Vaccination-Time for a Reality Check




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.

Prof O’Neill has been recognised both in Ireland and further afield for his expertise in head and neck cancers, having completed a surgical fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York before commencing his current role with the RCSI. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of Examinations for the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies. He has also published several research papers, book chapters and two textbooks.




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