HPV Linked to Oral Cancer Epidemic

Researchers have warned against ongoing epidemic of oral cancer, linking it to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).

The research in Stockholm, Sweden, has claimed that the cases of oral cancer, primarily cancer of the tonsils have marked a rise of over seven times, recorded from 1970 to 2007.

"Yes there is a startling increase in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer, and that increase is being driven by HPV", -oral cancer expert Gypsyamber D'Souza, PhD, explains to WebMD. "But while many experts agree that there's an epidemic rise in HPV-related oral cancer, the cancer remains rare".

In addition, the study highlighted that the soaring incidence of oral cancer could be because of varying sexual behaviors.

It has been seen that oral sex has become more common and people experience sex with different sex workers and experience sex earlier in life. Such varying behaviors have been linked to HPV-related oral cancers, the study explained.

The current figures have claimed that HPV is linked to over 54% of oral cancers from 1998-1999, it resulted in 84% of these cancers in 2006-2007.

It has been found that men are more vulnerable to get engulfed by oral cancer compared to women.