HPV-related cancers on the rise

Remember Michael Douglas suggesting he got throat cancer from all the pussy he ate? Right or wrong, he was on to something! Health professionals are now saying that throat cancers related to the Human Papilloma Virus are on the rise in Canada, and are encouraging a more widespread use of the vaccine.

Researchers at London’s Lawson Health Research Institute analyzed tumour samples over time and found that the number of patients with tonsil cancer (linked to HPV) more than doubled between the mid-1990s and late 2000s. HPV was three times as present in the most recent cancers. “Many of the patients we are seeing have only had a few partners,” Dr. David Palma, co-author of the research said. “You don’t have to be promiscuous to get this cancer.”