Infections - Infections and Cancer Epidemiology Group
As scientific studies of the subject continue, the spectrum of malignant diseases known or suspected to be associated with carcinogenic viruses is likely to expand, and so are the opportunities for prevention. The Infections and Cancer Epidemiology Group (ICE) has contributed and will continue to contribute to progress in these fields by means of studies on:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer prevention through HPV vaccination and HPV-based screening, with a focus on low-income countries
- The spectrum, natural history, and prevention of infection-associated cancers other than cervical cancer
- Statistical methods and other quantitative methods to estimate and model infection-associated cancers
ICE has also developed specific expertise in design issues and statistical methods to evaluate the infection—cancer link and the existence of modifying factors. Promoting HPV vaccination and cervical screening programmes for the prevention of cervical cancer is also an ICE priority. A multiyear project was recently initiated to demonstrate the early impact of vaccination against HPV in two low-resource countries that pioneered the implementation of this intervention.