Salivary Diagnostics to Determine Risk Factor for HPV-Related Oral Cancer

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 04/07/2011
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The presence of certain human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes is an independent risk factor for oral cancer. HPV infections are becoming a source of growing concern in our society and patients are becoming more aware of this as a result of increased media coverage. HPV causes as many cancers of the upper throat as tobacco and alcohol, and is the primary cause of tonsil, lower tongue, and upper throat cancers. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. More than 24 million Americans are infected with HPV, and another 6 million people become newly infected each year. The presence of certain human papillomavirus (HPV) genotypes is an independent risk factor for oral cancer. HPV infections are becoming a source of growing concern in our society and patients are becoming more aware of this as a result of increased media coverage. HPV causes as many cancers of the upper throat as tobacco and alcohol, and is the primary cause of tonsil, lower tongue, and upper throat cancers. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. More than 24 million Americans are infected with HPV, and another 6 million people become newly infected each year.
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