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Oral HPV Can Lead To Cancer

Temple Head & Neck Institute | December 8, 2015

Miriam Lango, MD, a head and neck surgeon at the Temple Head & Neck Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center, was recently featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a Q&A about human papillomavirus (HPV), Dr. Lango explains how the oral HPV infection can lead to cancer and discusses the risk factors.

“Over 10 to 20 years, a previously undetected oral HPV infection can turn into cancer in the back of the throat, the tonsils, or at the base of the tongue. It may spread to lymph nodes - the most common initial sign of an HPV-related throat cancer is a new lump in the neck, often discovered while shaving or washing.”

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