Increased Exposure May Be Cause Of Rising HPV-Cancer Rate
Infectious Diseases News
Comprehensive data from the CDC, National Cancer Institute and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries continue to show a decline in both incidence and mortality rates for most cancers in the United States. There are three notable exceptions: oropharyngeal, anal and vulvar cancers related to HPV. The most dramatic increase is among cancers of the oropharynx, the region of the throat that includes the tonsils, uvula and the base of the tongue. Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, epidemiology and otolaryngology and Jeg Coughlin Chair of cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, said more people are being exposed to the virus, and therefore, more cancers are developing.