HPV connected to throat and mouth cancers now

As if having HPV connected to warts, genital warts and cervical cancer wasn’t enough. There is some new research from the Ohio State University that states that HPV is now connected to some oral cancers of the head and heck.

No one completely understands this yet. This is yet another reason why defenders of the HPV vaccine are asking for it.

Merck, the pharmaceutical company, stated that it has no interest in making this study against oral cancer and HPV themselves.

It used to be tobacco was the lone culprit behind throat and neck cancer.

The cancer society is stating that more information is needed in order to determine if this problem is really linked to HPV and to what degree. Of those who have a connection between throat cancer and HPV the subjects were typically young people who were caught early. This meant effective treatment was typical. The treatment can solve some problems but create others though. Some patients reported difficulty with speech and a hindered ability to swallow.

It’s hard to determine to what degree is our environment changing or our research is just getting better, but this is an issue that we’ll have to monitor closely.

The connection between hpv and oral cancer

There is a significant rise in oral cancer, even at a time when smoking has decreased. Could this be a connection between hpv and oral cancer? A resounding yes it is. The numbers of oral cancers linked to sexually transmitted human papilloma virus have risen sharply over the past decade. And this virus now accounts for more oral cancers than tobacco.

The hpv virus has been known to cause cervical, genital, anal and neck cancer. But this nasty bug is now fueling an increase in oral cancer. This has raised a paramount concern among researchers.

In 1980s, a research study conducted in 3 states – Iowa, Los Angeles and Hawaii showed that hpv-related cancer rose tremendously. Occurring at a time when cigarette smoking had declined, the unusual rise just indicates how the virus, far more than smoking, is related to oral cancer.

So why are men at risk more than women?

While hpv is the principal cause of cervical cancer in women, the nasty virus is now ravaging an entirely different group – men. Oral cancer is rising among men. And the culprit isn’t the devil you might think, as this increasing rate is not caused by tobacco. Rather, by the dreaded hpv virus. Quite a notable point about the connection of hpv and oral cancer.

Today, with an ever-increasing exchange of sexual partners, there is a tremendous increase in oral sex. This might just have to do with the rising risk of the disease in men, as hpv-positive oropharynx cancer is on the rise in men too. Women can get oral cancer from, men though; their chances are much low.

The mention of oral cancer usually evokes images of gravely voiced chain-smokers, but the disease, as you have already seen, has now acquired a different dimension through oral sex. The relation between hpv and oral cancer is real. How will our middle-aged, nonsmoking men be protected?

The only available hpv vaccine is currently given to young women and girls. However, there are plans to give a shot to boys. Let’s hope this helps.

While tobacco use has reduced over the previous decade, hpv infection rate has kept rising. And this affects at least half of the sexually active population. Though researchers are not sure why, men have a greater risk of contracting the virus than women do.

Since the virus has a lower survival rate, screening is crucial. Oral cancer screening enables early detection and consequently, early treatment. When cancer is detected in its early stages, treatment can be administered while the cancer is still in its highly curable stages.

When screening isn’t done, the condition will just become fatal. It will result in cancer spreading to the lymph nodes and subsequently throughout the body. This explains why the survival rate drops considerably in the late stages – then, the prognosis becomes poor.

The survival rate is up to 95% when oral cancer is treated in its early stages. This is contrary to the late stages where it drops to as low as 5%.

In a nutshell, since hpv and oral cancer are closely related, let’s embrace oral cancer screening. We shouldn’t leave this out to smokers.

HPV vaccines for boys as well

It seems unanimous by the CDC, federal advisory panel, and state officials. Girls aren’t the only ones who should be vaccinated for HPV in there years of 12-26. Boys need to be the shot as well. And it goes back to prevention.

Some people argued that girls are the ones at greater risk because they have the risk to more cancers and the genital warts risk is greater for them as well, making them an ideal candidate for the HPV shot. But since it has been slow moving and sometimes unpopular to get girls vaccinated, there is now a green light to give the shot to boys.

This shouldn’t be taken as though it has no benefits to boys for taking the shots. Some parents still hate the thought of this vaccine though. In consideration for getting the shot for girls, some parents would complain that we are promoting promiscuity. Now that some are promoting the shot for boys, there are been responses like, ‘my boy is not gay, so he wouldn’t get any rectal cancer anyways”.

Parents like this come off to most as controlling and selfish. Of course, the statistical odds are that the girls are getting these diseases from the boys who are infected. So by protecting the boys we are then, in fact, protecting more girls even if they have not gotten the HPV shot.

There is no question that getting the vaccine is controversial for some and some believe it is just supporters for the pharmaceutical company ‘Merck’ for pushing this through at trying to make it mainstream.

But when considering some startling statistics on a national level, it is generally agreed that this vaccination does more good then bad. When you consider that genital warts are the #1 STD in the United States today.

The reason it is pushed for young people is to promote the best impact on prevention. Some argue that the shot does no good on someone infected with HPV. There is, however, a small chance of benefit if they are introduced to a new strain of the virus that they have yet to be exposed to AND is preventable from the vaccine. But it is correct in stating that the vaccine will not provide any benefit to treat or cure a pre-existing infection.

It should also be known that Gardasil, which is manufactured by Merck, is not the only HPV vaccine on the market, although it tends to be the strong choice in the States. There is another pharmaceutical company called GlaxoSmithKline that distributes a vaccine called Cervarix that is the vaccine of choice in much of Europe.

The vaccine came out in 2006 and got a lot