December 5th, 2011

A Cancer Gone Viral

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A rise in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer in younger people has been linked to the human papillomavirus… What’s behind this phenomenon? Although there have been no formal studies looking into why the incidence rate of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer is increasing, the speculation within the medical community is that it may be associated with an increase in oral sex practices. According to Eric Moore, M.D., a head and neck surgeon at Mayo Clinic, the cervix of the vaginal opening and the back of the oral cavity have similarities that may make them welcoming environments for HPV.

Minnesota Medicineby Jeanne Mettner, 11/30/11

Additional Mayo mentions in the Nov. issue: Minnesota Medicine, Minnesota Medicine

Tags: ENT, Eric Moore, HPV, M.D.

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