oa South African Family Practice - Oropharyngeal carcinoma : a sexually transmitted disease : scientific letter
|Article Title||Oropharyngeal carcinoma : a sexually transmitted disease : scientific letter|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Author||W.F.P. Van Heerden and A.W. Van Zyl|
|Publication Date||Nov 2010|
|Pages||576 - 578|
|Keyword(s)||HPV, Oral sex, Oropharyngeal cancer, Sexually transmitted disease and University of Pretoria|
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) is on the increase and accounts for 18% to 63% of OPC. It occurs mostly in young males with no other identifiable risk factors. The vast majority of HPV-associated OPC is attributable to HPV16. The prognosis of patients with HPV-positive OPC is better than patients with HPV-negative OPC. Oral HPV infection is linked to sexual transmission. The natural history, prevalence and possible risk factors in local communities should be studied to implement appropriate prevention strategies.
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