It’s really real in these streets. A virus spread “orally” may cause more cases of throat cancer in men than smoking, a finding that triggered calls for a new large-scale test of a drug used against the infection.
The latest reports on the topic:
Researchers examined 271 throat-tumor samples collected over 20 years ending in 2004 and found that the percentage of oral cancer linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV, surged to 72 percent from about 16 percent, according to a report released yesterday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. By 2020, the virus-linked throat tumors — which mostly affected men — will become more common than HPV-caused cervical cancer, the report found.
Researchers also say…
The burden of cancer caused by HPV is going to shift from women to men in this decade,” Maura Gillison, an oncologist at Ohio State University and study senior author, said in a telephone interview. What we believe is happening is that the number of sexual partners and exposure to HPV has risen over that same time period.
Who would ever think lighting one up would be less dangerous then going downtown? SMH.