Human papillomavirus in head and neck cancer

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is currently considered to be a major etiologic factor, in addition to tobacco and alcohol, for oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) development. HPV positive OPCs are epidemiologically distinct from HPV negative ones, and are characterized by younger age at onset, male predominance, and strong association with sexual behaviors. HPV16 is the most prevalent types in oral cavity cancer (OCC), moreover the prevalence of beta, and gamma HPV types is higher than that of alpha HPV in oral cavity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1705-1726
Number of pages22
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cancer
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Oral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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