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Oral HPV Raises the Risk of Throat, Neck and Head Cancer

Oral HPV Raises the Risk of Throat, Neck and Head Cancer

A just-published story has suggested that oral sex can increase the risk of developing head, neck and throat cancer.

Albert Einstein College researchers found that when the human papillomavirus or HPV-16 is detected in the mouth, a male is 22 times more apt to develop a form of head, neck or throat cancer in comparison to males who did not have the virus in their mouths.

HPV-16 has become more common in causing neck and head cancers that include the oropharyngeal cancers, which are cancers of the throat s middle part including the base of the tonsils, the tongue and the soft palate.

The study, which was published in the online journal JAMA Oncology, researched 96.500 people who were cancer-free and contributed samples of mouthwash in a screening for cancer.

Participants were then followed for up to an average of four years.

Over that period, 132 people developed neck and head cancer, while 396 healthy subjects were used to compare mouthwash samples.

Researchers determined that the people with HPV-16 were 22 times more apt to develop oropharyngeal cancer compared to the other who did not have HPV-16.

They learned as well that beta-HPV as well as gamma-HPV normally found in skin could also be linked to cancer development.

Previous studies have reported that cervical cancer can be caused by HPV in women, while the virus can cause cancer of the throat in men. It can also cause genital warts and there is mounting evidence to show it could be responsible for oral cancers.

Currently, there has been a dramatic increase amongst young adults of throat cancer. Studies done previously revealed that amongst over 1,300 patients that had oral cancers, more than 57% were positive when tested for HPV-16.

Because of that, many teens are now being encouraged to get the HPV vaccine prior to being exposed to the virus.

Oral HPV Raises the Risk of Throat, Neck and Head Cancer