Some Experts Claim HPV Causes More Oral Cancer Than Tobacco

by: cancercompass

The human papillomavirus seems to be making headlines lately. There are TV commercials with young girls asking others to get vaccinated against it; HPV is one of the leading causes of cervical cancer. And HPV was recently highlighted during the Advancing Science, Servicing Society Annual Meeting last weekend in Washington D.C.

According to NPR, researchers studying the virus claim that 64 percent of oral cancers in the U.S. are caused by HPV, whereas in the rest of the world, it is caused by tobacco.

Speaking during the Advancing Science, Servicing Society meeting was Dr. Maura Gillison of Ohio State University.

"An individual who has six or more lifetime partners — on whom they've performed oral sex – has an eightfold increase in risk compared to someone who has never performed oral sex," Gillison told NPR.

What do you think of this news? Does it comes as a surprise?