Researchers Tie Increased Throat Cancer Cases to HPV Infection

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Researchers Tie Increased Throat Cancer Cases to HPV Infection
Sun, 10-13-2013 - 12:20pm

According to Health Day News, HPV may be behind the rise in throat and mouth cancer. "The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) may be behind the sharp rise in cases of throat and mouth cancers among young American adults, researchers say.

In a new study, investigators from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit analyzed U.S. government data and found that cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils, soft palate and pharynx among adults aged 45 and younger increased 60 percent between 1973 and 2009. Collectively, these cancers are called oropharyngeal cancer.

There was a 113 percent rise in the rate of these cancers among whites, but a 52 percent decrease among blacks during the study period. However, the five-year survival rate for these cancers remains worse for blacks than for whites and other races, the study authors found." read more

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