This week our news from around the world includes Sterling K. Brown interviewing cancer survivors, a reminder about HPV and an interview acknowledging the long-term and late effects of treatment.

Researchers urge New Zealanders to get vaccine to lower throat cancer rates

Researchers are urging New Zealanders to get immunised against a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) in a bid to significantly reduce the country's alarming throat cancer rates.

They have found almost 90 per cent of throat cancer cases are now being attributed to HPV, which is most commonly picked up from oral sex. That's up from 62 per cent in the 1990s.

Cancer Survivorship: Acknowledging the Long-Term and Late Effects of Treatment

Scientific advancements in the detection and treatment of cancer have improved survival rates. Even so, long term survivors of cancer face emotional, physical, and cognitive challenges in the aftermath of treatment. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Laura Ellingson shares her personal story of cancer survivorship and how it informs her work with the American Cancer Society. Dr. Ellingson is the Patrick A. Donohoe Professor of Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University. She is the author of three award-winning books, and dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can read Dr. Ellingson’s recently published article on cancer survivorship in Health Communication.

Her latest book published by Routledge is available at a 20% discounted rate with the code IRK71.

Dr. Ellingson also journals about long term cancer survivorship on her blog Realistically Ever After.

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