HPV-Linked Oral Cancers on the Rise
The rate of oral cancers linked to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) rose dramatically over two decades, according to new government research.
Within a decade, these types of tumors might become the leading form of HPV-linked cancers, the researchers noted.
In the period between 1984 and 1989, just 16.3 percent of oral cancer samples tested positive for HPV. By 2000 to 2004, that number had jumped to 72 percent, the researchers found. http://1.usa.gov/qAU0pb [MedlinePlus]