August 25, 2013

HPV Related Cancers

1 Good Oral Hygiene May Lower Cancer Risk

Good oral hygiene lowers the risk of HPV-related oral cancers say researchers from the U. of Texas Health Sciences Center. They followed 3,400 participants, ages 30-69 who revealed their oral health and HPV-infection status. Participants with poor oral health had a 56% higher rate of HPV infection than those with healthy mouths. HPV is most often associated with STDs. Its link to oral cancers has been making news for about five years. Michael Douglas brought additional attention to HPV and oral cancer when he said that his throat cancer was due to oral sex. He later said his statement was a misunderstanding but doctors confirmed that HPV could contribute to oral cancers via oral sex. Researchers say regular brushing and good oral hygiene may help to control HPV in the mouth and throat.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

Tags: HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Michael Douglas, Oral Cancer, Oral Hygiene, University of Texas Health Science Center, Oral Sex and Cancer

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