GENDER, AGE & HPV THROAT CANCER RISK
HPV oropharyngeal cancers are now the most common HPV-related cancer, surpassing cervical cancer.
It is also more common in white men than black men.
According to HealthDay News:
The reasons are not clear, said Edgar Simard, a senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society who worked on the study.
“HPV is a sexually transmitted virus, so we can speculate that changes in sexual practices may be involved,” Simard said.
HPV throat cancer is also being diagnosed in more and more middle-age, non-smoking men. From a historic viewpoint, many men in their 40’s-60’s diagnosed with HPV throat cancer were infected with HPV when they became sexually active in their teens or 20’s. HPV can lie dormant in the body for decades and then emerge … as HPV throat cancer.
That’s why the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for boys and girls at ages 11 and 12.
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Dr. Sara Pai is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ranked #1 in the U.S.) and an active researcher on HPV oropharyngeal cancer.
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