HPV-related head and neck cancers have been increasing and are often found in younger, otherwise healthy people, including non-smokers.
HPV estimated to displace smoking and alcohol as main cause of head and neck cancers by 2030.
Chronic infection with the virus can cause cells in the throat to live longer and divide faster, creating cancer.
The most common sign of an HPV-related head and neck cancer is a painless neck mass.
HPV head and neck cancers primarily occur in the tonsil and the tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue.
HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that is extremely common.
75% of Americans are exposed to HPV in their lifetime
24% of total U.S. population is chronically infected and are at risk for developing cancer
34,000 people diagnosed with HPV-related cancers each year
The good news – HPV-related head and neck cancers, when caught early are highly treatable.
Sources: MayoClinic.org; Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.gov; CDC.org.
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