Tobacco Smoke Increases Risk Of Oral HPV Cancers

October 8, 2014 4:19 AM

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Countless studies and health reports have discussed the dangers of smoking--a nasty habit that can drastically increase the risk of lung cancer and other serious health issues. Now, recent findings published in the The Journal of the American Medical Association show that smoking can also increase the risk of developing oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16).

"These findings highlight the need to evaluate the role of tobacco in the natural history of oral HPV-16 infection and progression to malignancy," the study authors noted, in a news release.

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