HPV Spurs New Cases of Mouth and Throat Cancer in the U.S.
October 6, 2011
Here in the U.S., there has been an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) being screened in cases of oral cancers, and a recent study conducted at Ohio State suggests that HPV is now the leading cause of cancers of the throat, mouth and neck.
Researchers analyzed 271 tissue samples collected over the last two decades and found a nearly triple-fold increase in HPV-related oral cancer cases in the United States alone. In 1988, data shows that eight out of 1 million people were diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer. Now the researchers estimate it's 26 out of 1 million.
Previously, tobacco had been the primary cause of oral cancer, and most oral cancer cases were HPV-negative.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV.
This article was provided by TheBody.com.
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