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Gay men wanted for cancer research

Gay men wanted for cancer research

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 13 January 2014 15:57

The Kirby Institute in Sydney is looking for gay men to participate in an on-going anal cancer research project.

The SPANC study (Study of the Prevention of Anal Cancer) will track the prevalence of anal human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and related anal disease, including cancer, in a cohort of gay men.

“There are more than 100 types of HPV,” Professor Andrew Grulich, Program Head at the Kirby Institute and chief investigator of the SPANC study said.

“Some cause genital warts, while other types cause more than 90% of anal cancer. Gay men are over 20 times more likely than others to develop anal cancer.”

The study is open to all gay men over 35, but researchers particularly want more HIV positive men involved.

Studies have found anal cancer to be the third most common cancer among people with HIV in Australia.

The SPANC study will help the Institute better design anal cancer prevention programs.

To take part in the study you need to be: living in the Sydney region and aged 35 years or more; had sex with men; never diagnosed with anal cancer; and not taking anticoagulant medication (aspirin is OK.)

For more information about the study or to enrol, please visit, or call 1800 477262 (1800 4SPANC). All queries will remain strictly confidential.



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