I was so excited when Michael Douglas broke the silence about HPV and its connection with throat cancer that I wrote a couple of posts about it. Actually more than a couple, but who’s counting.
I was also happy when, in 2013, the first large-scale cohort study was published that showed HPV vaccines reduce oral infections by 93%. For anyone who was concerned about the efficacy of the HPV vaccination, this is validating. 93% is a dramatic reduction.
Some things to know about HPV and oral cancer:
- Nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancer annually and more than 8,000 people will die from these conditions.
- Oral cancer is much more prevalent among men than in women.
- Boys, too, should be vaccinated to protect them from oral cancers.
To learn more about HPV and cancer, check out the U.S. National Cancer Institute website.