HPV Information Centre: A New ICO And IARC Joint Collaboration To Prevent And Control HPV-Related Diseases
Xavier CASTELLSAGUÉ, Catalan Institute of Oncology , Spain
BRUNI L. 1
, BARRIONUEVO-ROSAS L. 1
, ALBERO G. 1
, ALDEA M. 1
, SERRANO B. 1
, BROTONS M. 1
, BRAY F. 2
, DE SANJOSÉ S. 1,3
, HERRERO R. 4
, BOSCH F. 1
1 Unit of Infections and Cancer, Cancer Epidemiology Research Program, Catalan Institute of Oncology, IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
2 Cancer Surveillance Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
3 CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain
4 Prevention and Implementation Group, Section of Early Detection and Prevention, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
The HPV Information Centre, www.hpvcentre.net, is an initiative that was initially launched by the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO, Barcelona) in 2007 in collaboration with the World Health Organization.
In 2014, ICO and IARC signed a collaborative agreement to support ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the existing Centre that will be identified as the ICO/IARC Information Centre on HPV and Cancer.
The Centre will continue to routinely monitor, capture, process, analyse, and disseminate key data for the prevention of HPV-related cancers, worldwide and for countries and regions. Interactive web-based data queries and country-specific reports are routinely produced and made available to users.
The new centre will develop new contents and will redesign the website according to identified end-user needs. A Scientific Advisory Board has been created to periodically select and decide on the most relevant indicators to be updated and disseminated.
The Centre’s approach is novel because it combines detailed information on three elements: the risk factor (HPV), the diseases associated with the risk factor, and the strategies developed to prevent and control both the risk factor and its related diseases. The website usage, with an average of 1311 visits per month in 2014, exemplifies how this kind of knowledge resource is useful and in increasing demand. A challenge of the Centre is however to adapt to the fast-growing knowledge and changes that occur in the field of HPV epidemiology and prevention, including the description and impact of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination strategies.
PATH (USA); ISCIII, AGAUR(Spain)