Although more research needs to be done to clearly identify the causes, a Yahoo! Health article found online discussed a recent study presented at the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington D.C. that found there could be an increase in young white males with oral and throat cancers and a possible link to human papillomavirus (HPV).
According to the Mayo Clinic website, there are more than 100 different forms of HPV, and roughly 20 million people in the United States have HPV infections that can cause genital warts and related lesions. Historically, HPV has been linked to cervical cancer, but research is showing that more high-risk types of HPV also could cause oral, anal, vaginal and penile cancers as well, and not just in young males. It is important to note that most HPV infections don't cause cancer.
To protect from all forms of HPV, and decrease risk associated with associated diseases:
- Girls and boys as young as 9 years old through 26 years of age can receive the HPV vaccine from their doctor.
- Condom use in all sexual activity could reduce the spread of HPV.
- Limit partners (be in a faithful relationship with one partner).
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