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HPV and Cancer: Causes and Prevention

HPV and Cancer

  • What are human papillomaviruses?

  • Which cancers are caused by HPV?

  • Who gets HPV infections?

  • Can HPV infections be prevented?

  • Can HPV infections be detected?

  • What are treatment options for HPV-infected individuals?

  • How does high-risk HPV cause cancer?

  • How can people learn more about HPV?

updated: 2 years ago

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention for Boys, Too!

Ask your child's doctor at their next appointment about getting HPV vaccine. Take advantage of any visit to the doctor—such as an annual health checkup or physicals for sports, camp, or college—to ask the doctor about what shots your preteens and teens need.

Boys need HPV vaccine, too. Here's why...

updated: 2 years ago

HPV Cancers in Men Take Off

A vaccine to protect against the most dangerous strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause almost all cervical cancers, as well as many cases of other cancers and genital warts in both sexes, won the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nearly nine years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that all boys and girls aged 11 or 12 receive the shots. Vaccination campaigns, aimed largely at girls and women, have fallen short of expectations. By 2013 just over half of U.S. females aged 13 to 17 had received at least one dose of either the Gardasil or Cervarix vaccine. For males, that figure was a disappointing 35 percent. Now head and neck cancers associated with the virus are on the rise, leading some experts to recommend that a gender-neutral or male-centric approach might be more effective...

updated: 2 years ago

Human Papillomavirus–Associated Cancers — Morbidity and Mortality in the United States, 2008–2012

To assess the incidence of HPV-associated cancers, CDC analyzed 2008–2012 high-quality data from the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program...

updated: 2 years ago

The Man's Guide to HPV

Michael Douglas caught major flak for saying oral sex gave him throat cancer. But if you're laughing, it's time to grow up. Oral cancers caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) have skyrocketed 225 percent in the past 15 years, with men accounting for 75 percent of all cases...

updated: 2 years ago

HPV Infection: A Cause of Cancer in Men?

HPV Infection A Cause of Cancer in Men

I'm aware of the connection between sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Does HPV infection increase cancer risk in men, too?

updated: 2 years ago

HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancers Increasing in the U.S.

HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancers Increasing in the US
A new national report on cancer incidence trends 1 presents data of relevance for dentists and the public. First, the report provides encouraging long-term data on declining death rates for several common cancer types, but it also presents significant data on the increasing incidence rates of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers of the oropharynx, including the base of the tongue and tonsils.

updated: 2 years ago

Accelerating the HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause most cases of cervical cancer and large proportions of vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV also causes genital warts and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. HPV vaccines could dramatically reduce the incidence of HPV-associated cancers and other conditions among both females and males, but uptake of the vaccines has fallen short of target levels. The President's Cancer Panel finds underuse of HPV vaccines a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer. In this report, the Panel presents four goals to increase HPV vaccine uptake: three of these focus on the United States and the fourth addresses ways the United States can help to increase global uptake of the vaccines. Several high-priority research questions related to HPV and HPV vaccines also are identified...

updated: 2 years ago

Human papillomavirus: a strong case for vaccinating boys

In the UK, human papilloma virus vaccination is restricted on the NHS to girls and only recently been recommended for men who have sex with men. The restriction is based largely on cost-effectiveness. In this article, Gillian Prue sets out the compelling case for vaccinating all boys. On page 10, Peter Baker describes HPV Action’s campaign for gender-neutral HPV vaccination.

updated: 2 years ago

What are the key statistics about oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers?

What are the key statistics about oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States are for 2016:

  • About 48,330 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.
  • An estimated 9,570 people will die of these cancers.

These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women...

updated: 2 years ago