March 26, 2013

HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer: Risk Factors

Leslie Burgess, writing for Chemotherapy Advisor, continued her thorough and well researched article on the growing dilemma of HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer. She states: "An estimated 7,400 new cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. Prevalence of oral infection is highest among adults in their late 20's and late 50's, and the disease is more common in men than women (almost 4:1) and in non-Hispanic populations. The presence of oral HPV infection is about 7% of the general population, but can be as high as 20% among those with a high number (20 or more) of lifetime sex (oral, anal, and/or vaginal) partners, early age (<17 years) at first intercourse and irregular or no condom use. Persistence of HPV infection increases cancer risk.

For more detail:

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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