Human Papillomavirus and Oropharyngeal Carcinoma
Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which has over 200 variants, has gained recognition recently due to the rapidly increasing number of HPV positive cases that have been associated with oropharyngeal carcinoma (OPC), worldwide.
Accordingly, almost 70 % of OPC are reported to be HPV related. Whilst high risk types of HPV have been considered as the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia HPV related cervical cancer has become the fourth most common cancer in women aged 15-44 years, in New Zealand.
The practitioner information sheet on this special topic discusses information on HPV and OPC including symptoms of OPC, risk factors for HPV and OPC, preventive measures against HPV infection, and diagnosis, treatment and management strategies of HPV related OPC. The patient pamphlet provides relevant information for patients regarding what HPV and OPC is, their respective symptoms and risk factors and how HPV and OPC can be prevented and treated.