New Study Shows Oral HPV Significantly Increases Chance of Head and Neck Cancer. According to a new study the detection of oral HPV significantly increases a person's risk for developing head or neck cancer. The study identified HPV-16 as a main cause of increased risk, however other types of oral HPV also were linked to an increased risk for cancer -- both of which indicate a bigger role for HPV to cause cancers than previously known. Previous studies have shown HPV causes cervical cancer in women and throat cancer in men, leading to increased guidance for the vaccine to be given starting in the early teens before people are expected to be exposed to the virus. Based on the new study, researchers said mouthwash samples could be used to predict the chance of somebody developing a head or neck cancer.
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