HPV and Cancer Risk Cases of head and neck cancer in young (40-50 year old) non-smokers have been on the rise, particularly those of the tonsils and base of the tongue. In addition, anal cancer rates have been rising for the past 40 years. Why? Human Papilloma Virus or HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease.
HPV: The Basics Human papilloma viruses (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus. There are more than 150 types of HPV, of which about 40 can be transmitted sexually. Sexually active individuals have an 80-85% chance of being infected with HPV at some time in their lives. Most strains of HPV do not cause problems, but about 30 strains can lead to cancer.
Anal Pap Smears: Prevention for High Risk Populations
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