Tonia Forte, Research Associate, System Performance and Surveillance, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer answers the questions below in relation to a recent study completed on HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

  • Is there an increase in head and neck cancers associated with HPV in Canada?
  • What caused the increase in HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers?
  • Does this mean that HPV causes head and neck cancer?
  • What are the implications of our study findings?
  • What are the implications for the use of the HPV vaccine?

Supplementary resources:

  • Forte T, Niu J, Lockwood GA, Bryant HE. Incidence trends in head and neck cancers and human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal cancer in Canada, 1992-2009. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Jun 21. View abstract.
  • The HPV Vaccine and Cervical Cancer