Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A quarter of US men are infected by oncogenic HPV strains

According to a survey called the National Health and Nutrition Examination from 2013 to 2014 collected data from 2,000 men aged 18-59 showed that 45% of American men are infected with HPV and 25% are infected by oncogenic strains.

The oncogenic strains of HPV are associated with nearly 30,000 different types of cancers. Men are particularly at risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, and penis. Although penile cancer is rare, it has a high mortality rate. Approximately 63% of penile cancers are due to HPV infection.

Although the HPV vaccine has been available to men since 2011, the CDC reports that only 10% of men get vaccinated. Perhaps the results of this survey in conjunction with new information about HPV-related cancers in men will encourage men to get vaccinated.

Reading more here:

No comments: