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Number of Sexual Partners, Smoking Identified as Risk Factors for Oropharyngeal Cancer

Jason Harris
Published: Friday, Dec 08, 2017

Carole Fakhry, MD

Carole Fakhry, MD
While the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (HPV-OPC) is increasing, the risk for developing the disease remains low for most people.

"For most people, these data should be very reassuring, as they show that their risk of oropharyngeal cancer is very low,” she said in a press release. “Currently available tests for the presence of oral HPV infections are not very predictive of oropharyngeal cancer risk—most people who have an oral HPV infection will eventually clear it on their own.”
D’Souza G, McNeel TS, Fakhry C. Understanding personal risk of oropharyngeal cancer: risk-groups for oncogenic oral HPV infection and oropharyngeal cancer [published online October 19, 2017]. Ann Oncol. doi:10.1093/annonc/mdx535.

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