Sreenath Madathil, PhD Student, to present at IARC Conference

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Congratuations to PhD student Sreenath Madathil’s, supervised by Dr. Belinda Nicolau, for having his abstract selected for Oral Presentation at the 50th Anniversary Conference International Agency for Research on Cancer

Title: Life-course trajectories of tobacco and alcohol consumption and risk of head and neck cancer; does human papillomavirus play a role? – an international multi-center study.

More than 300,000 individuals are affected by head and neck cancers (HNC) every year, worldwide. The 5-year survival rate of these cancers are approximately 50%, which is considerably low compared with more common cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer in Canada. Exposure to cancer causing agent at different ages of life may have different effect on risk. For example, having high exposure to ultraviolet light before 16 years of age may increase the risk of skin cancers. Evidence of such critical periods of life is crucial for designing public health interventions aimed at prevention. Significant life periods for exposure to tobacco, alcohol and human papillomavirus infection is currently unknown in case of HNC. The aim of this project is to uncover critical life-periods of exposure for these agents using “HeNCe Life Study” data from three countries (Canada, India and Brazil). This aim will be operationalized using Bayesian Hierarchical modeling techniques for temporal associations.

A note on International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC):
IARC is the highest international organization for any research done in the field of cancer, under World Health Organization(WHO).
This conference is to celebrate 50 years of IARC’s contribution to the field.

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