The Division of Cancer Epidemiology

Did you know that over 80% of people will be infected by HPV at some point in their life?

While some types of HPV may not have any symptoms and visible signs, there are a few that can harm us and our loved ones. The most harmful HPV types cause cervical, anal, oral, penile and other deadly cancers. The good news is that there are solutions. By increasing awareness and taking preventative measures, we can make the world a safer place for everyone.

The Cancer Research Society Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Oncology at McGill conducts epidemiologic research on the etiology and prognosis of cancers of greatest global public health importance, with an emphasis on proposing preventive practices. It also provides advanced training in cancer epidemiology and prevention to health professionals.

The primary research focus is the use of molecular epidemiologic approaches to study cancer cause and prognostic factors. The majority of the research consists of studies on the etiology and primary and secondary prevention of cervical cancer, upper aero-digestive tract tumours, and childhood malignancies. Multiple investigations have been carried out on the natural history of cervical cancer and its precursor lesions and risk determinants, particularly human papillomavirus infection (HPV).

Here are some important things to know about HPV.

Learn about our exciting ongoing studies. If you have any questions about our research studies don't hesitate to contact 514-398-8191!