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Most men clueless about cancer risk related to HPV, study finds

By newadmin / Published on Monday, 16 Sep 2019 17:54 PM / Comments Off on Most men clueless about cancer risk related to HPV, study finds / 13 views


The majority of American adults are unaware that the most common sexually transmitted disease, HPV, or human papillomavirus, can lead to a variety of cancers, according to research released Monday.

“More than 70 percent don’t know that HPV causes anal, penile and oral cancers,” said Ashish Deshmukh, author of the new study and assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston.

He called the vast gap in public awareness shocking, and suggested it’s one reason why national HPV vaccination rates are so low.

For the study, Deshmukh and his colleagues analyzed National Cancer Institute data of 6,261 men and women who were surveyed about their HPV knowledge in 2017 and 2018. Respondents were between the ages of 18 and 101.

Two-thirds of women 18 to 26 understood that HPV can cause cervical cancer, compared with just one-third of men of the same age.

But HPV has also been shown to cause oral, anal and penile cancers, a fact lost on 80 percent of men and 75 percent of the women in that same age range in the study, which was published in in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Overall, 70 percent of adults of any age were unaware of the link between HPV and other cancers.