Throat Cancer Patients Are Potentially Infected With HPV

One third of people diagnosed with throat cancer are infected with HPV (human papillomavirus). Researchers also revealed HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and the virus is spread through genital contact or oral.

The research team said, of more than 100 types of HPV, there are two types of HPV are most likely to cause cancer is HPV-16 and HPV-18. HPV-16 is considered as the cause for approximately 60% of cervical throat cancers, 80% of cancers of the rectum, and 60% of oral cancer.

Practicing safe sex can reduce the risk of developing or transmitting HPV, but condoms will not stop the infection fully research team said.

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