Research brief: HPV exposure linked to head and neck cancer

Sexual behaviours linked to HPV exposure increase the risk of head and neck tumours, say US experts. A review of the role of HPV-16 in these squamous cell carcinomas showed that patients with oropharyngeal cancer are increasingly young, non-smokers and non-drinkers. Additionally, patients with HPV-positive head and neck tumours are half as likely to die as patients with HPV-negative cancer.

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