A 40-year-old member asked:
Is hpv a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?
4 doctor answers • 15 doctors weighed in
Pathology 50 years experience
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Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes & no: Certain head/neck cancers (oropharynx, tonsil, tongue) are associated with hpv infections in ~40% cases; typically in young non-smokers & non-drinkers and also young women. These cancers respond better to standard treatments. Oral sex is a risk for hpv infection in the oral areas but typically an std refers to infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc.
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Medical Oncology 33 years experience
Possibly: Interesting question
hpv is now becoming an increasing risk for head and neck cancer. Most people are exposed to it but only a small percentage develop oropharyngeal cancer. That is why it is recommended to give young boys the vaccine.
It is in some way an std yes. Unclear if oral sex is the cause !
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Yes to both: Hpv has been increasingly implicated in head and neck squamous cell cancer (usually tonsil, base of tongue) and is transmitted through sexual contact. It also may be trasmitted through other froms of contact making it not exclusively a std.
5.4k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Jun 22, 2020
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