Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Some throat and neck cancers have an odd cause

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In an odd news item for today, a new piece of research has concluded that the Human papillomavirus (HPV), generally connected with various cancers in and around the genital area, is now thought to be the cause of throat and neck cancer in some patients.

How is this possible? With smoking having declined in recent decades, something new has caused the incidence of cancer in the throat and neck areas to not decrease. How about orally transmitted HPV infections?

What does this mean? Yes, that's right - oral sex may be an underlying cause of transmitting HPV to the throat and neck areas, causing later cancerous growths and tumors.

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