HPV: Sex, cancer and a virus
When young oncologist Maura Gillison of Johns Hopkins University finally sat down with a doctoral student to analyze data she had compiled on HPV and throat cancer, within an hour, the fruits of those years of labor popped up on the computer screen. People with head and neck cancer were 15 times more likely to be infected with HPV in their mouths or throats than those without1. The association backed up some of Gillison's earlier work, which showed how HPV DNA integrates itself into the nuclei of throat cells and produces cancer-causing proteins.
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