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If you would like to take part in the study we will post a study pack to you. The study pack contains an information sheet, consent forms, questionnaire (4 pages; ~10 min to complete), a saliva collection kit, biohazard bag to return the saliva sample in and a reply paid envelope.
Eligibility: Individuals aged 18 to 70 years.
Exclusion criteria: Ever been diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer.
During the last decade, there has been a major increase in the number of mouth and throat cancers in younger non-smokers that are related to human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and the cause of 5% of all human cancers worldwide. While other cancers related to smoking are decreasing, cancers of the mouth and throat are increasing in incidence and this is believed to be due to increasing oral HPV infections.
Despite the major increase of HPV-related mouth and throat cancers, remarkably little is known about oral HPV infection. It is not even known how common oral HPV infection is in the general population.
It is also important to map which HPV types exist in the mouth and throat for future prevention of mouth and throat cancers through vaccination.
The purpose of this research project is to investigate how common oral HPV infection is in Australia and if oral HPV infection is linked to lifestyle or sexual behaviour. We are also interested in how the vaccines against HPV (Gardasil® of Cervarix®) affects oral HPV infection.
For more information and to participate now, please email us: Oral.Diversity@qimrberghofer.edu.au