WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2016 (Houson Public Media)–The national increase in cases of oropharyngeal cancer related to the human papillomavirus is troubling, because there is no screening test to catch it early, like the Pap test for cervical cancer.
The oropharynx is the area of the throat behind the mouth, and includes the tonsils and the base of the tongue. Oropharyngeal cancer is increasing in both men and women, but for reasons that aren’t well understood, male patients are outnumbering female patients by five to one, according to Dr. Erich Sturgis, a head and neck surgeon at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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