by J. Camm on July 23, 2013

According to Fox News:

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers sought to identify how the presence of the HPV 16 virus – one of 200 strains of HPV – was associated with the occurrence of throat cancers.

To do this, researchers looked for the presence of antibodies to the E6 protein, which is indicative of HPV 16 infection, in pre-diagnosis blood samples from 938 patients with oesophageal (gullet) and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers. These results were then compared with blood samples taken from 1,599 healthy people.

Researchers concluded that over a third of people with oropharyngeal cancers had antibodies to E6, compared to fewer than 1 percent of the people in the control group, according to researchers.

Based on these findings, the study’s authors estimate that 7 percent of non-smoking women and 23 percent of non-smoking men with E6 antibodies in their bloodstream will develop oropharyngeal cancer within 10 years, according to Medical News Today.

Not all of the news is bad. Researchers are saying people with HPV-related throat cancer are more likely to live to fellate or muff dive another day…

The researchers also discovered that patients with throat cancer arising from HPV 16 infection are more likely to survive than those with throat cancer not linked to HPV. In fact, 84 percent of HPV-infected patients were still alive 5 years after their diagnosis compared with only 58 percent of uninfected cancer patients.

Huzzah? Maybe?

P.S. NEVER Google image search HPV. What a horrible mistake I just made in doing that. Absolute day-ruiner. 

[HPV-virus image via ShutterStock]

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