National Post Life & Wellness

Dramatic increase in throat cancer from HPV virus a looming health crisis: doctorsResearchers say they have found the first direct evidence that the rate of throat cancers linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) is on a “dramatic” rise in Canada, and will likely pose a major burden to health care for years to come.The trend seems linked to increased oral sex, especially by men, and is another reason why more effort must be made to improve the lacklustre uptake of the HPV vaccine, say doctors at a London, Ont., hospital.“The HPV [throat-cancer] epidemic will have tremendous implications for health-care resources,” said their paper, just published in the journal Current Oncology. “These typically younger, healthier patients have a high chance of surviving their disease, and they will have to live with the toxicity of treatment for many decades.”The sensitive issue came under surprising focus this spring, when actor Michael Douglas suggested in an interview that his throat cancer might have been caused by HPV contracted through oral sex. (Photo: Geoff Robins for National Post)

Dramatic increase in throat cancer from HPV virus a looming health crisis: doctors
Researchers say they have found the first direct evidence that the rate of throat cancers linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) is on a “dramatic” rise in Canada, and will likely pose a major burden to health care for years to come.

The trend seems linked to increased oral sex, especially by men, and is another reason why more effort must be made to improve the lacklustre uptake of the HPV vaccine, say doctors at a London, Ont., hospital.

“The HPV [throat-cancer] epidemic will have tremendous implications for health-care resources,” said their paper, just published in the journal Current Oncology. “These typically younger, healthier patients have a high chance of surviving their disease, and they will have to live with the toxicity of treatment for many decades.”

The sensitive issue came under surprising focus this spring, when actor Michael Douglas suggested in an interview that his throat cancer might have been caused by HPV contracted through oral sex. (Photo: Geoff Robins for National Post)

Tagged with:  #news  #health  #hpv  #throat cancer
  1. kelseycosmos reblogged this from npostlife
  2. yeah-i-dont-like-this-day reblogged this from npostlife
  3. tttalkabouttheweather reblogged this from nationalpost
  4. thunyamaya reblogged this from nationalpost
  5. nerdswillruletheworld reblogged this from trendingawesome
  6. kymllareggub reblogged this from mozaria
  7. businessoutsider reblogged this from nationalpost
  8. publichealthnursing reblogged this from lovepublichealth
  9. no-such-thing-as-an-ex-quidkid reblogged this from nationalpost
  10. inbonobo reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    so Michael Douglas was on to something..
  11. thesmallgodlaughs reblogged this from lovepublichealth
  12. trendingawesome reblogged this from nationalpost
  13. acciotumble reblogged this from nationalpost
  14. jonhenry reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    ANOTHER reason I got the vaccine!!!!!
  15. therainonthewindowpane reblogged this from nationalpost
  16. x-enapistia reblogged this from nationalpost
  17. onepieceswimmer reblogged this from nationalpost
  18. kelseyrolfe reblogged this from nationalpost
  19. sailorusagidesu reblogged this from nationalpost
  20. lovepublichealth reblogged this from nursingisinmyblood
  21. wrongconstellation reblogged this from nurse-on-duty
  22. haveagoodaisy reblogged this from nationalpost
  23. invisiblelad reblogged this from nationalpost
  24. nursingisinmyblood reblogged this from nurse-on-duty
  25. nurse-on-duty reblogged this from npostlife
  26. stringsdafistmcgee reblogged this from nationalpost