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What is the link between oral human papillomavirus (HPV) and cancer?

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Scientists have known for decades about the link between the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. But only in the last few years have they learned that an oral infection with the virus can also cause cancers of the head and neck.

Most people who get oral HPV don’t get cancer. Your body usually fights the virus before you even know you have it. But head and neck cancers are on the rise, and scientists say oral HPV may be the cause.

From: Oral HPV and Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer – Fact Sheet.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “HPV and Head and Neck Cancer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “HPV/Oral Cancer Facts.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Human HPV and Throat/Oral Cancer, Frequently Asked Questions.”

Harvard Health: “How to boost your immune system.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer – Fact Sheet.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “HPV and Head and Neck Cancer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “HPV/Oral Cancer Facts.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Human HPV and Throat/Oral Cancer, Frequently Asked Questions.”

Harvard Health: “How to boost your immune system.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

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