published Monday, August 8th, 2011

HPV-related oral cancer cases up among younger men

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    Vials of Human Papillomavirus vaccine are displayed for a photograph at the Catoosa County Health Department. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

For the whole first half of his 20-year practice, oral surgeon Dr. Eric Carlson saw one basic type of male mouth cancer patient.

In file cabinet in his home office, he has thousands of slides: men in their 50s and 60s who were heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, hard livers. Many were war veterans; most all had "exposed himself to the classic carcinogens," Carlson said.

Then, in 2000, a man in his 30s in reasonably good health otherwise, who didn't drink or smoke excessively, came into Carlson's office. He had tongue cancer.

"Never saw that," Carlson said. "Never heard of it."

But that was about to change. Over the next 10 years, more and more relatively healthy men in their 30s, 40s and even 20s became patients of Carlson's because they had oral cancer. In fact, oral cancer cases have tripled over the past 20 years.

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macropetala8 said...

I tried to warn the alarm bells over a decade and more ago that those cervical cancer cells could possibly be contagious and transmittable to the throat during oral sex. They laughed at me. Even back then, far too many young men were being diagnosed with throat and other cancers related to the mouth. And I'm only a college dropout. Yet, I still recognized the connection between the two.

August 8, 2011 at 6:44 p.m.
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