RCPA highlights HPV head and neck cancer for International Pathology Day 2019



Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, 12 November 2019

Yesterday, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) hosted an event at their headquarters in Surry Hills to celebrate International Pathology Day (IPD).

The topic of this year’s event was HPV related head and neck cancer and was attended by guest patients, Julie McCrossin AM, TV presenter and media personality and Archibald prize-winning artist Nicholas Harding who shared their personal stories with the disease.

Last year, it was estimated 700 Australians would be diagnosed with an oropharyngeal cancer, and around 490 of those cases will have been caused by HPV.

During the event, anatomical pathologist, A/Prof Ruta Gupta, staff specialist in the Department of Tissue Pathology and Diagnostic Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Prof Jonathan Clark AM, head and neck surgeon and Director of Head and Neck Research at the Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, shared their professional insights into the disease.

National medical reporter for the ABC, Sophie Scott also returned for a third year to lead the event’s discussions.

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