The Growing Menace of HPV-Related Throat and Mouth Cancers
There’s a new cancer epidemic on the rise. It’s an aggressive throat and mouth cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the same sexually transmitted virus that leads to cervical cancer—but it’s affecting mostly men in the prime of their lives. Public health officials estimate that nearly 90 per cent of the adult population has been infected with HPV. Most people spontaneously clear the virus within 18 months of exposure; it’s not known why or how it stays around and develops into cancer in some.
Surgeons, physicians and scientists at Dalhousie Medical School are striving to better understand, treat and cure these HPV-related throat and mouth cancers, rates of which have more than quadrupled in just the past ten years… Read More>>