Tobacco Increases the Risk of Cancer-Causing HPV

October 7, 2014 10:57 PM

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Tobacco Increases the Risk of Cancer-Causing HPV

Smoking increases the risk of developing oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16), according to a new study.

Participants who reported tobacco use had significantly higher levels of biomarkers of tobacco exposure. This is worrying because oral HPV-16 increases the risk of developing oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers.

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