It is something of a misnomer to call human papillomavirus HPV the "cervical cancer" virus. It has been known for years that HPV is associated not only with genital warts and cervical cancer but also other serious malignancies including anal cancer, penile cancer, and vulvar cancer. In recent years, scientists have found a strong link between HPV and oral cancers of the mouth and throat. In fact, a study in JAMA concluded that
HPV transmission during oral sex a growing cause of mouth and throat cancer
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In the last few years, actress Angelina Jolie went public with her double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Governor Chris Christie told us his reasons for gastric bypass surgery. And actor Michael Douglas is shining the spotlight on the human papilloma virus HPV —the number one cause of mouth and throat cancer. There are about different strains of HPV. Some cause common warts when they invade the skin.
Oral Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection among Unvaccinated High-Risk Young Adults
Diagram of the oral cavity and oropharynx. The oral cavity includes the lips, the labial and buccal mucosa, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the retromolar pad, the floor of the mouth, the gingiva, and the hard palate. The oropharynx includes the palatine and lingual tonsils, the back one-third base of the tongue, the soft palate, and the posterior pharyngeal wall. Human papillomavirus HPV can cause serious health problems, including warts and cancer.
Human papillomavirus HPV can infect the mouth and throat to cause cancers of the oropharynx. A new study published early online in CANCER , a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has found that having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was associated with a 4. The study also shows that having oral sex at a younger age and more partners in a shorter time period oral sex intensity were associated with higher likelihoods of having HPV-related cancer of the mouth and throat. Previous studies have shown that performing oral sex is a strong risk factor for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. To examine how behavior related to oral sex may affect risk, Virginia Drake, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, and her colleagues asked individuals with and without HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer to complete a behavioral survey.