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04 October 2011

Cancer from oral sex on the rise

The rate of oral cancers linked to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) rose dramatically over two decades, according to new research.

The rate of oral cancers linked to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) rose dramatically over two decades, according to new research.

"Back in 2008, we did a study and found that the incidence rates of oropharyngeal cancers have increased. Because this increase occurred in a period where cigarette smoking has decreased, we hypothesised that another risk factor - perhaps HPV - might be responsible," explained the study's lead author, Anil Chaturvedi, an investigator in the division of cancer epistemology at the US National Cancer Institute.

 
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