By: Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
13 October 2010
Rising rates of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma may stem from a new epidemic of sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a review.
The incidence of oral cancer has been on the rise over recent decades in the U.S. and some northern European countries, noted Torbjörn Ramqvist, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and Tina Dalianis, of the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control in Solna, Sweden.
The corresponding increase in the percentage of those tumors positive for HPV over the past 10 years isn’t simply because of more sensitive testing, they wrote in the November issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
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