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HPV Infection, Risk Factors, and HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer 
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) now causes the majority of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer in the U.S. The incidence of these HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers has increased substantially over the past 15 years. Common questions and answers about HPV transmission and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer will be discussed. Risk factors for oral HPV infection, including the role of oral sex will be reviewed. New data will be discussed that helps to explain why oral HPV infection and HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are more common in men than women. We will review what is known about oral HPV infection, natural history, and trends in HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ensure members are up-to-date about a relatively new risk factor for oral cancer
  2. Address a knowledge gap on oropharyngeal cancer
  3. Position members as leaders in this area of oral medicine


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