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why are there over 4x more cases of hpv-induced throat cancer in men than women?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Being studied : That is a hot topic in hpv research. This question is being studied in the scientific world. Hpv is transmitted through oral sex. The current thought is that the vagina harbors hpv more frequently therefore so men performing oral sex are at higher risk for acquisition of hpv in the throat that then leads to throat cancer.
Answered on Jun 5, 2013
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Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Jumping Conclusions: There are more cases of throat cancer in men. Hpv is one of the causes of throat cancer. Does not mean there are more hpv induced throat cancer in men. Additional causes (some may make hpv induced more likely) include smoking, alcohol, poor oral hygiene, chronic inflammation, smokeless tobacco, etc., all more likely in men. Further studies need to be done to determine if hpv is the main cause.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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