• Oral Cancer & HPV


    November 8th, 2010adminarticles

    While the idea a patient being HPV-positive and having oral cancer at the same time may induce one to think that life is on the two times on the brink, guess again – patients are more likely to survive the dreaded condition if their oropharyngeal cancer is HPV-positive.

    Dr. Angela Hong of the University of Sydney has recently conducted studies involving 198 patients from various regions in Australia. Her study revolved around the survival rate of patients dying from HPC+OPC those who suffer from HPV-OPC, after the patients have been subjected to intensive radioactive therapy and/or, needless to say, surgery.

    The study later on prognosticated that HPV+OPC patients three to four times less likely to die than HPV-OPC patients.

    Hong saying “Our study, which focused on a group of patients with advanced oropharyngeal cancer, found that those with cancer caused by HPV had a significantly better chance of survival than cancer which was not caused by HPV. And this beneficial HPV effect was seen regardless of the type of treatment they had,” can monger either fear or relief for those who have been battling against the disease.

    HPV 16 and HPV 18 – two variants of the virus – are known causative factors linked to oral cancer. The virus can be easily acquired from having oral-genital sex from an HPV-positive partner. HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer is also linked to tobacco smokers and alcoholics. To this date, scientists and doctors are still working to single out the real cause of the cancer, but even until now, only HPV+OPC patients can bear the sigh of relief.

    Apparently, people with active sexual lifestyles have a significantly lesser chance of inhibiting the cancer if they bid to a single partner. Sex with multiple partners, oral-genital sex, anal-oral sex, recreational drug use, and periodontitis, each further multiply the chances of acquiring the disease based on statistics. There have also been HPV vaccines that might help the body ward off the virus, but it’s still lifestyle that will likely save anyone from this condition.

    And even now, survivors aren’t out of the woods. Non-smoking survivors are less prone to reacquire the disease than those who have chewed or smoked tobacco in the past. The cancer’s recurrence is astonishingly probable on people who are reluctant to shrug off their past lifestyles.

    The cancer affects more men than women, as evidenced by 3.2 non-HPV cases on 100,000 males, compared to 1.9 non-HPV cases on 100,000 respondents, comprised of both men and women. The World Health Organization has stated in 2007 that the human papillomavirus is indeed the agent responsible for the cancer. To again emphasize, the human papillomavirus can easily be acquired through sexual intercourse, and is evidenced by the sudden spawning of skin warts, genital warts, and respiratory papillomatosis. The virus has also been linked to cervical cancer, anal cancer, vulvar cancer, and penile cancer.

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