HPV Vaccination Should Be Considered Cancer Prevention
HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and many cases of anal, vulvar, vaginal, and penile cancers, but did you know the virus can also cause oropharyngeal cancers (cancers in the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils)?
Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D., who serves as enterprise director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center writes in the PhillyVoice that the majority of oropharyngeal cancers — which were once attributed to tobacco and alcohol — are now associated with HPV infection. In fact, oropharyngeal cancers recently surpassed cervical cancer as the most common HPV-associated cancer in the U.S., and incidence rates of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers are on the rise, especially among men.
What does this mean? It means that the HPV vaccine, which recently got approved adults, should be considered not just a means to prevent the transmission of an STI, but as a preventative measure against cancer. Read more here, and stay positive!