Live On WCCO: Tune In 10 A.M. Saturday To Watch Sen. Al Franken Debate Challenger Mike McFadden


Experts: HPV Is Causing Oral Cancer In Men

View Comments

CBS Minnesota (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates:

Health News & Information:

Today's Most Popular Video
  1. HSSR Coach Of The Week: Blue Earth's Randy Kuechenmeister
  2. Mike's Mix: Donny Dirk's Voodoo Zombie
  3. HSSR Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014
  4. HSSR Featured Game: Wayzata At Minnetonka
  5. Man Creates Frozen Treats With Home Ice Dispenser

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Women have been warned about the dangers of the human papilloma virus (HPV) for years, but men now face the risk of oral cancer.

Doctors say the HPV is causing an epidemic of oral cancers in otherwise healthy young men. It’s estimated that HPV causes about 70 percent of cancers of the tongue and tonsils, and 80 percent of these cancers occur in men.

Experts say the cancer is spread through oral contact.

Doctors call it a shocking trend, saying it could be the start of a pandemic.

“To see a change in the demographic like this is concerning, because the patients coming in now are really these clean-living patients. Most of them are professionals. Very few of them have any tobacco history,” said DR. Eric Genden of Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The virus can also be spread through kissing; it can lie dormant for years before possibly developing into cancer.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,916 other followers