Research brief: HPV linked to oropharyngeal cancer

HPV infection can cause throat cancer in both men and women, US research suggests. The researchers studied 100 men and women newly diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and 100 without. Those who had evidence of prior HPV infection were 32 times more likely to develop the cancer. Study participants who reported having more than six oral sex partners in their lifetime were 8.6 times more likely to develop the cancer than those with no history of oral sex (NEJM 2007; 356: 1,944–56).

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