HPV may cause more cases of throat cancer in men than smoking, according to researchers. Researchers examined 271 throat-tumor samples collected over 20 years ending in 2004 and found that the percentage of oral cancer linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) surged to 72 percent from about 16 percent, according to a report recently released in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. By 2020, the virus-linked throat tumors will become more common in men than HPV-caused cervical cancer, the report found.
HPV is known for infecting genitals. According to Webfarm.com, The finding that it can spread to the throat and cause cancer may increase pressure on Merck & Co., the second-largest U.S. drugmaker, to conduct large-scale trials to see if its vaccine Gardasil, which wards off cervical cancer in women, also prevents HPV throat infections.
Oncologist Maura Gillison says the burden of cancer caused by HPV is going to shift from women to men over the course of this decade.
“What we believe is happening is that the number of sexual partners and exposure to HPV has risen over that same time period,” she added.
Yikes! Even a dental dam won't be enough protection considering that HPV can be spread by skin to skin contact. Be careful who you hook up with and make sure you're honest with yoursefl and each other about your respective statuses.
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