HPV-related oral cancers rise among younger men

Hopkins doctor credited with linking tumors and sexually transmitted virus posted on Baltimore Sun By Stephanie Desmon | Sun reporter April 14, 2008     The sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer in women has now been linked to an uptick of throat, tonsil and tongue cancers – in a younger and healthier group of patients than doctors have ever seen before.     These head and neck cancers were once the scourge of older men – mostly the result of lifetimes of heavy smoking and drinking. The treatments often left victims disfigured.     But with those cases on the decline, doctors are seeing a new group of victims. They’re men in their 40s, and even 30s, whose cancer is brought on by the increasingly common human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s an infection that more than half of Americans will encounter during their lifetimes. And researchers now believe that the increase in certain oral cancers can be traced to the spread of the virus through oral sex.  Read moreImage information. Read related post.

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