Tuesday, February 5, 2008

HPV causing oral cancers in Men

Although I just wrote, this was just so interesting!

Apparently, a report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology is reporting that not only is HPV causing cancer of the upper throat in men, but its causing rates EQUAL TO CANCER RATES CAUSED BY TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL! It's suggested that this is due to an increase in rates of oral sex, although this is not proven. Unfortunately the article does not state which strain of HPV is causing the cancer, however, it states that one of the strains in Merck's Guardasil vaccine protects against oral cancer. Just another reason why this vaccine needs to be approved for men!


Jon Dyal

1 comment:

JillianC said...

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