Head and neck cancer

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CERVIVA is now looking into HPV associated cancers beyond the cervix. It is increasingly recognised that HPV is involved in the development of other cancers, including some head and neck cancers. Incidence of Head and neck cancer has been increasing over the last decade. Smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol are known risk factors but head and neck cancer is rising in younger people and among females, who are less likely to have strong histories of tobacco or alcohol use, suggesting the importance of HPV in these groups.

ECHO (Epidemiology of HPV infection in Oral cancer in Ireland)

Workstream: 

  • Phase III: CERVIVA CARG
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the single most important aetiological agent in the pathogenesis of cervical cancer and pre-cancer. It is increasingly recognised that HPV is causally implicated in other cancers, including head and neck cancer. The incidence of head and neck cancer, and more specifically oropharyngeal cancer, has been increasing over the last decade.

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