Patricia NicolasOct 19, 2017, 6:46 pmOct 20, 2017, 12:21 pm

Health experts: HPV-related oral cancer in men on the rise

It’s the most common sexually-transmitted disease and is a major cause of cervical cancers


NEW HYDE PARK — The incidence of mouth and throat cancers caused by the human papillomavirus in men has now surpassed the incidence of HPV-related cervical cancers in women, according to a new report.

One in nine males between the ages of 19 to 69 in America are infected with oral HPV. Studies show that more men get oral HPV than women. The sexually-transmitted disease can lead to cancers of the throat, head and neck according to studies.

“Women are constantly being screened for cervical cancer. The number one cause of cervical cancer is HPV but we don't have a comparable test for men. There is no test that we can test men for,” Syosset Northwell Health Medical Director Dr. Randolph Dilorenzo said.

Dr. Dilorenzo says HPV is one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases. While it does not have clear symptoms, if left untreated it can lead to serious health issues later in life

“It can cause problems like genital warts, anal warts, it can also predispose you to certain kinds of cancers, for young men in particular oral cancers are on the rise,” Dr. Dilorenzo said.

Dr. Dilorenzo says the immune system can clear up HPV on its own but the best way to prevent becoming ill from it is by getting the HPV vaccine.

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