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A new study suggests oral human papillomavirus (HPV) increases someone’s risk for head or neck cancer, UPI reports.
For the study, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York analyzed records of more than 96,000 cancer-free patients taking part in a big study.
Of the more than 96,000 patients 132 developed neck or head cancer during the follow-up period, “matching them with 396 controls and analyzing their mouthwash samples for several types of oral HPVs.”
“People with HPV-16 detected in their samples were 22 times more likely to develop oropharyngeal cancer than those with no HPV-16 detected. The researchers also found that beta- and gamma-HPVs, normally found on the skin, could be linked to the development of cancer.”
Doctors recommend that all boys and girls get three doses of the HPV vaccine starting at age 11 or 12.
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