Cancer Council NSW and Aurora Group invite you and your friends to join us for an important webinar:
Anal Cancer: In Gay and Bisexual Men.
This webinar aims to “raise the awareness of prevention, screening, diagnosis and the lived experience of anal cancer”.
Even if you are unable to attend the event live, once you have registered you will be able to receive the completed webinar to view at a later time.
Date: Wednesday, 15th July 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm AEDT
Where: Online – join via your computer!
Presenters: Stephen Leppard, Andrew Grulich and Richard Hillman
About this webinar
Anal cancer is caused by high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The annual incidence of anal cancer in HIV-negative gay and bisexual men is 5–20 per 100,000, and in HIV-positive gay and bisexual men is 70–130 per 100,000.
To put these figures in perspective, the annual incidence of cervical cancer in women is about 7 per 100,000. The most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, with an incidence of about 170 per 100,000. The incidence of bowel cancer in men is about 75 per 100,000.
In some decades, HPV vaccination will lead to reductions in incidence of anal cancer, but other interventions are needed until then. Screening for anal cancer has been advocated by some experts, but it is controversial as there are uncertainties which have greatly impeded the wide introduction of screening. Research is underway to urgently address these uncertainties.
In the meantime, the stigma around anal cancer means people often do not seek help for some time after the condition has developed. For gay and bisexual men diagnosed with anal cancer, they may live with the stigma of coming out as a gay man being diagnosed with HIV and also anal cancer.
Cancer Council NSW is funding important research into this neglected cancer. This research is being conducted by a leading international team based at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales.
Cancer Council NSW aims through this webinar to highlight the issues and start the conversation to provide support for gay and bisexual men with anal cancer.
Who should attend
Gay and Bisexual men at risk of, or living with anal cancer. Health Professionals, family and friends of men affected by anal cancer.
About our presenters
The discussion will be facilitated by Kim Pearce, Coordinator Cancer Support Group Leader Program and the panel will include:
Stephen Leppard was diagnosed with locally advanced anal cancer in 2013. Treatment with combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy was initially effective, but a local recurrence of the cancer was discovered in 2014. Major surgical intervention was then required, but one year following the surgery he is cancer-free and healthy.
Andrew Grulich is a medical epidemiologist and a Public Health Physician. He has worked in HIV research for more than twenty years.
Richard Hillman trained as a general physician in Edinburgh, Scotland, before specialising in HIV & Sexual Health in London, where he completed his PhD.
We look forward to your participation! Register Now for this important webinar and to learn more about the presenters.
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