oa South African Family Practice - Oropharyngeal carcinoma : a sexually transmitted disease : scientific letter

Volume 52, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



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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