Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV
October 3rd, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Increase in oral cancers linked to HPV

The human papillomavirus is contributing to the growing number of  head and neck cancers in the United States, according to a new study Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The study found that the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer - cancers of the tonsil, back of the mouth (throat) and base of the tongue - has been on the rise since the mid-1980s.  The study suggests that one reason could an increase in the number of people having oral sex resulting in oral human papillomavirus  exposure.

Researchers say these cancers fall into two categories–those caused by tobacco and alcohol and those caused by the sexually transmitted virus, HPV. They now believe approximately 70% of all oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV infection.

"We used to think of oropharyngeal cancer as one cancer," said senior author Dr. Maura Gillison, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus. "Now we know the disease is comprised of two biologically and epidemiologically distinct cancers. This new understanding will increasingly enable us to improve and better personalize care for patients with each form of the disease."

Researchers tested cancer tissue samples from almost 6,000 patients in Hawaii, Iowa and Los Angeles between 1984 and 2004. They found the HPV-positive cancers increased 225% while HPV-negative oropharynx cancers dropped 50%–most likely because of a reduction in smoking and tobacco use. Even so, patients with HPV-positive cancers live longer.

"Patients with HPV positive cancers have better survival rates," said principal investigator Dr. Anil Chaturvedi of the National Cancer Institute. "The precise reasons for the survival benefits are not clear, but tumors in HPV-positive patients tend to have less genetic damage. Because of that, they are more responsive to cancer therapies like radiation treatment."

"The HPV status of a patient's tumor is the single greatest determinant of whether a person lives or dies after a diagnosis of local-regionally advanced oropharynx cancer," Gillison said. "HPV-positive patients have an approximate 60% reduction in risk of death after their diagnosis when compared to HPV-negative patients."

Gillison says about 95% of the HPV-positive oropharynx cancers were caused by HPV16, a strain targeted by Gardasil and Cervarix, the two vaccines currently on the market to prevent cervical cancer. Gardasil is manufactured by Merck & Co. and Cervarix is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

Gardasil was approved in 2006 for use in females  ages 9-26 to help prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. It was approved in 2009 for  males9-26 to reduce the risk of genital warts. It has not been recommended for use in preventing HPV-associated cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cervarix was approved in 2009 for use in females 10-25. It is not approved for males.

The findings are important because the increase in these cancers has been relatively rapid compared with other HPV associated cancers like cervical cancer, Chaturvedi says. With cervical cancer, incidence rates have declined over time because of screening, but currently there is no screening in place for oropharyngeal cancers.

"Should the observed declines in cervical cancer and the observed increases in HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers continue into the future," Chaturvedi said.  "HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers will be the leading HPV associated cancers over the next decade–by around 2020."

There were almost 35,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers this year, according to the American Cancer Society. While about 7,000 Americans will die this year, death rates associated with these cancers has actually been declining over the last 30 plus years.

"The burden of invasive HPV-caused cancers will shift from women to men in the US, largely due to the rise of HPV-positive oropharynx cancers among men," Gillison said. "HPV infection and its consequences have long been considered a women's problem, and women will continue to bear the brunt of the morbidity associated with the infection. However, gender equity is being achieved with regard to the burden of HPV-caused cancers. HPV infection is therefore a problem for both men and women."

soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. tracie

    Hey! I'm FIRSTY!

    October 3, 2011 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Goodguy1

      The cancers caused by this virus are killing men and lesbian alike. We must ban together to defeat this!

      October 3, 2011 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • Xman

      This study brought to you by Dr. Connie Lingus.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
    • meme

      Kinda makes you think how there are all these behaviors that have serious consequences. Our Heavenly Father has given us a road map on how to live and if we follow it and obstain from deviate behavior then we will be blessed by avoiding things like HPV, aids, herpes, all the STDs, better marriages, better parents, less selfishness, more giving, more charity, compassion, love, etc. The world wants us to pull away from morality, but everyday there is more and more evidence that we should hold fast.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:46 | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      I almost thought you wrote that you were thirsty.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:37 | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    This message sponsored by Gardisil....

    October 3, 2011 at 16:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maybe this is paid for just like all the Apple publications

      This really is a good vaccine, and this advertisement is sooooooo much better than those for the freaking anti-depressant and herpes commercials on TV.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, it's brought to you by scientific research. But don't let facts get in the way of your dimwittedness.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
    • The Bucks

      Scientific fact or not, many scientific facts don't make it to CNN, millions of dollars can likely influence the science that is sold here.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your comment doesn't even make sense, Bucky. Why isn't that a shock?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • The Bucks

      It is really easy:
      Certain scientific facts about diseases such as HPV, when published in conjunction with the names of the suppliers for vaccines against HPV, effectively serve as an advertisment for those companies.
      This should be common sense.
      Although it is scientific research, not all scientific research makes it onto CNN. Does marketing money influence this as is also suspected with the CNN love affair with Apple products?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So what if ALL scientific research doesn't end up on a website that is aimed at the average guy? Do you deny that HPV causes cancer? On what grounds? Do you deny that Gardasil can prevent people from contracting HPV? Show your proof.

      Because otherwise? You got nothing.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      Wow Tom Tom. Could you be more obvious as a shill for the drug manufacturers? P*SS OFF

      October 3, 2011 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
    • Hefalump

      From Merck: The most common GARDASIL side effects are:
      •pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site
      •difficulty breathing
      •wheezing (bronchospasm)
      Tell your health care professional about:
      •swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin)
      •joint pain
      •unusual tiredness, weakness, or confusion
      •generally feeling unwell
      •leg pain
      •shortness of breath
      •chest pain
      •aching muscles
      •muscle weakness
      •bad stomach ache
      •bleeding or bruising more easily than normal

      October 3, 2011 at 18:03 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      I attended a talk on viral cancers about 3 years ago on this. HPV being the cause isn't new research, but the amount of cases of cancer linked from the virus is. I think the biggest problem with vaccines is how people look at everything in the present. You may never get this virus or cancer, but getting a vaccine is a PREVENTION. This isn't curing something you have, but COULD get. There is no cure for any viruses only treatments to slow the growth. The only way to not get a virus is to gear up your immune system in advance in order to initially prevent it. The more people who get vaccines the like prevalent in our population, thus decreasing the amount of cases.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • fjawodfc

      Hefalump, pretty much all medications have the same list of potential side-effects. It's only because if someone gets a headache while testing the vaccine, even if it's because someone punched them in the face and completely unrelated, they're still required to report it as a possibility.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, look, another moron who thinks because someone expresses an intelligent thought about a vaccine that can prevent illness one is a "shill". Bite me, you jit-bag. I don't work in pharma and I'm not a doctor. I just have a brain, unlike you.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:47 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      Tommy seems to be all about name-calling and arrogance.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:54 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you seem to be all about ignorance and stupidity. Get an education and grow a brain.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      Thanks for making my point. But, you probably don't understand that, either.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      From the guy who posted "Your mommy has HPV, dude." I guess that's what you're calling a brain....

      October 3, 2011 at 19:10 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Depends on the object to which it is compared, dufus. I rest my case.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    Sad. And people don't want their daughters to get vaccinated, even though 80% of all people will have been exposed to it by age 50.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Or jason. More likely candidate for passing on a disease.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, good, jason's comment got canned.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:53 | Report abuse |
    • Hefalump

      They're talking about vaccinating boys with Gardisil now. So, have your son vaccinated.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
    • mother of four

      Exposed to what? And where on earth did you get 80% as a statistic?

      October 3, 2011 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Hef, exactly. Makes more sense to start with those who have dirty dick syndrome before they give it to the girls. Also sounds as if a lot of guys are giving each other head, but they're not gay, of course.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:21 | Report abuse |
  4. james fishel

    Thanks "Bubba" for validating oral pleasuring.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • tkessler

      Unless she has cold sores...

      October 3, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
  5. Abudum

    Dang, make sure your wife doesn't see this story.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. I am voting for Perry!

    Gardasil is a good thing!

    October 3, 2011 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • reACTIONary

      I you are really concerned about public health in America, vote for Obama. And Gardisil IS a good thing!

      October 3, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • I am voting for Perry!

      Not a chance. My health care under Obama will cost my great great grandchildren way too much.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • reACTIONary

      Your health care under Perry will cost you your great, great grandchildren.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:10 | Report abuse |
    • I am voting for Perry!

      With Obamas love of abortion, I'll take my chances with Perry.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Chicago

      But Michele Bachmann says that its dangerous! Good thing cancer is perfectly safe, huh? Thanks, Michele!

      October 3, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmy Shaftbobber

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jason

      nice lefty...keep trying...

      October 3, 2011 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • Gardasil

      "I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company."
      Great, you might need that vaccine too! Anal condalomas are not good for your health, don't eat them.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • Marvin

      I thought this article was about HPV and cancer not your republican/tea party agenda? Did I miss something. I guess anywhere is appropriate to get on your pulpit...

      October 3, 2011 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Jimmy, excellent post. Don't think the little teabaggers will ever possibly grasp the concept.


      October 3, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse |
    • billdoc

      Sad, but very true. It is even worse than this. We need single payer to survive

      October 3, 2011 at 16:53 | Report abuse |
    • dutspup

      But sooner than later due to your greed, companies will no longer provide healthcare to their employees and the big premiums will dry up and so will your organization, your job, the payoffs, the lobbiest, all of it, bye bye then socialism kicks in which is what we little people want anyway, its a win win for us duecheee boy.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • reACTIONary

      How many "big wigs" refer to themselves as "big wigs"? What a sham.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • jason

      We need single payer...I need my mommy...can I have a handout please...

      October 3, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your mommy has HPV, dude.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:48 | Report abuse |
  8. joe smith

    Gov. Perry could not have written this article any better..

    October 3, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hail to the chief...

      He is a smart man.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
    • reACTIONary

      Perry isn't interested in science or public health, he's interested in the dollars he can get from his corporate chums. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • Hail to the chief...

      Perry cannot be bought for a mere $5,000, the amount he recieved from the makers of Gardasil. That is nothing compared to the overall political contributions he gets.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
  9. HBK

    I've got two words for ya...

    SUCK IT!

    October 3, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jenny Da Block

      only if you lick it first ba ha ha

      October 4, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
  10. David G

    Dear CNN -its Oropharyngeal cancer caused by HPV not oral cancer(your headline)- the two are not synonymous.
    Its poor research and hazy headlines like this that keep folks misinformed!
    Signed -A head and neck surgeon

    October 3, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephen


      True, but any news on this topic is important. I lost my wife to the disease and it was caused by HPV.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
  11. Rainey

    That just another reason most good doctors today advise HPV testing as part of women's routine annual paps.

    Better to know......a case where ignorance is definitely not bliss.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Get men tested and vaccinated too

      Rainey, let's not forget periodic testing of men. After all, women get HPV from men and it goes in a circle. Testing and vaccinating only women is unbelievably DUMB but then all U.S. males believe that THEY could never be infected with anything and that's why they don't use protection and they never get tested. I got HPV from my partner and he is a physician. They don't know jack about anything either and are just as arrogant and ignorant. Ladies, demand a recent test and read the results right off the page before "opening up" to any new partner. Do the same for him and then everyone is safe.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      The weird thing is that they're not giving Gardasil to boys or to people over 26. But they've also recently linked penile cancer to HPV, and it is men mostly giving it to women. So time to make it generally available to everyone. It is also really interesting science because it means that some cancers are caused by viruses. There is growing scientific evidence that both viruses and bacteria cause a number of chronically deadly conditions, including possibly things like arterial plaque and some diabetes. Definitely some interesting stuff being learned.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
    • Hmm? Get men tested and vaccinated too..

      Last I checked, and I could be wrong, but I dont think there is an actual approved HPV test for men, which I would think you would know if your partner was a physician. Strange.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:10 | Report abuse |
  12. Derek

    How convenient. The FDA is making a push to force BOYS to now get this vaccination along with girls. Soon enough this report comes out??? Good reason to start forcing boys to get this vaccine. Thus doubling drug companies profits.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • root beer fload

      Actually, is is making the population healthier, So what if the drig companies make a few bucks – their reward for the R&D they put into the vaccine.

      October 3, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • not a perry fan

      Well, even a broken clock is correct 2 times a day. He got lucky on this. Yes he was correct, but overall he is unfit to lead.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • reACTIONary

      Yes, quite a coincidence that FDA recomendations are consistent with current medical research. I wonder why that might be?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do tell us all how the FDA can force anyone to do anything, you twit. No one can be forced to donate even a single drop of blood to anyone else, even if it's a life-or-death matter.

      Knock off the drama, ya little queen.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • David G

      No ones forcing you to get the vaccine-
      If you dont want to – dont get it – its your funeral

      October 3, 2011 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • Get men tested and vaccinated too

      Derek, it's idiots like you who become infected carriers and go on to spread the viruses to every single partner you come in contact with. That is NOT cool. Don't be a spreader and don't let your boys be spreaders: vaccinate all children. It's a no-brainer.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
    • hpv infected

      I wish they had forced this vaccine on people earlier in my life. Then when my girlfriend cheated on me and gave me HPV I wouldn't have it today. But now I have it – permanently.

      I will probably never again have a love interest, because as soon as you mention anything like this, someone will run. And I will not do to someone else what was done to me.

      You people against HPV vaccinations make me sick. This is a terrible thing to happen to someone. Not to be able to love. Ever again.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      So are you also against babies getting their shots? Idiot. Vaccines are a good thing. They eridaced small pox, polio, and soon will eradicate HPV. Only a total moron like you cannot see this obvious truth.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Julian

      They've also linked penile cancer to HPV as well. So they should make it available to everyone, also people older than 26 - why should men and older people have to suffer cancer that is easily preventable?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Lemme guess, you opted not to have your kids get the Polio vaccine? Did you forgo the Mumps Measles and Rubella shot as well?
      Doesn't bother me, let your kids get cancer and disease, mine are protected from it.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, Fred, they do. They also think the flu vaccine is dangerous, and that the MMR causes autism. Idiots abound, and it's sad that there's no vaccine for the spread of their idiocy-except for education.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:14 | Report abuse |
    • gwenz

      Last I knew the government wasn't forcing this on boys. The FDA can say it is safe, and as far as vaccines go, the ACIP makes the formal "recommendation". With that said, so it's ok if you thought they were forcing the girls, but not the boys? Part of the reason girls struggle with HPV and their related cancers, is because of what they're getting from the boys!

      October 3, 2011 at 20:42 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Hey hpv infected,most all cases of hpv are cleared from the body naturally within two years.Look it up and see a different doctor.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChoTCOz9Yok

      October 4, 2011 at 08:15 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Marshall, you can continue to bray this nonsense under 23 different monikers, and it will still be irrelevant. The virus can cause cancer. Prove otherwise.

      Who pays you to get on these boards, anyway?

      October 4, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
  13. Pete from St Paul

    Well, this SUCKS! The genetic code which gave humans the ability to rise to the top of the food chain is also taking us down. Be careful what you EAT!

    October 3, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      MB is out for the fundie vote and anything having to with s*x will get it for her.

      Do you think she gives a rat's azz about girls and their health? If so, I have a lovely bridge for sale.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
  14. marty

    I wonder why Bachmann is so against the very vaccine that can prevent this ? Is her argument the government should not try to make life safe ? Following her logic, she is likely against seat belt use.

    October 3, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why? Because she's an ignorant dolt. "According to her logic"? WHAT logic?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Bachmann is not against the vaccine per se. She is against making it mandatory so that girls don't even have a choice but are forced to get vaccinnated. EVERY SINGLE VACCINE has side effects. You cannot force anyone to take anything they don't want to. Period.
      Just ask yourself one question: Who benefits if all little girls are forced to have this vaccine? Answer: The drug companies who make the vaccine of course. And I guarantee you they dole out tons of money to Democratic candidates also. They have to cover their bases you know.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • hpv infected

      The little girls who don't get infected and have their life ruined are the ones who benefit, you idiot.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      "Who benefits if all little girls are forced to have this vaccine?"
      HUMANITY you dip-stick!
      And YES, a corporation will get some financial reward for their expensive R&D, how is that a bad thing?

      October 3, 2011 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, Fred, like me, you *must* be a shill for Big Bad Pharma, because only those who look to make a profit could possibly be in favor of a vaccine that can help prevent HPV, the leading cause of cervical cancer, right?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:25 | Report abuse |
  15. fuyuko

    Why vaccinate just women? Everyone should be vaccianted against HPV.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. whackywaco

    So much for sloppy thirds and fud-ge packers.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Effelbee

    Well, Michelle Bachmann ("I was just repeating what she said") set this very simple and inexpensive form of public health prevention back a decade or so... If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max in NY

      wheres the like button? 🙂

      October 3, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
  18. obama

    palin for president. Suckers for life!

    October 3, 2011 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. TAK

    Well, that's just great. One more excuse for women not to...

    October 3, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Respect

    Another byproduct of the disaster called feminism.

    Mom's cheer-leading their daughters to "be empowered", and they pick up this disease by getting balled out by 50 different men. 6 kids, 5 different fathers.

    By the time they turn 30, they are used up and lonely. So they turn to the stable guy with money and a job to "take them in". Problem is, more and more stable guys are waking up to this. Why should the stable guy take in a 30 year old woman with genital warts, diseases, debt, and multiple kids?

    What we need to do is start issuing breeding licenses.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nope. We should issue licenses for intelligent posting on the internet. And you'd fail to get one, you dimbulb.

      Try to figure out how to use an apostrophe. Then you can move on to other punctuation. Maybe eventually you'll figure out syntax and grammar. Then someone MIGHT view your posts on issues of science without laughing.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:04 | Report abuse |
  21. msadr

    O M G ! I suppose there really WAS a good reason why States made certain bedroom behavior illegal all those years ago.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Reptilian

    CNN wants to help GARDASIL sales? All these theories are completely BOUGUS FAUX HOAX! Evil scientists, GET LOST! We don't need your leathal vaccines!

    October 3, 2011 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Leathal? Wow, Reptilian, you are dumb as a snake.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
  23. Justin

    The company has to recoup the money put into developing the "immunization". My first thoughts were....Bachmann, CNN......Pharmaceutical company push to sell. Lots of publicity makes the masses take notice.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Frank


    Not always the safer option.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. No Surprise

    I wonder why people who don't screw around never seem to get any of these diseases? Could it be that the enlightened people out there flaunting their enlightened "freedom" may have an issue. Maybe the meek will inherit the earth, they might be the only ones alive.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You think women who never "screw around" don't "get these diseases"? You're delusional.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
  26. chris

    100% CORRECT! But none of the networks will ever admit it.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Amunaka

    Hey wait ..what ever happened to the abstinence only thing....

    October 3, 2011 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fred Evil

      Reality quickly outstripped abstinence's ability to protect our children.

      October 3, 2011 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
  28. Ed

    This is an Orbit's commercial waiting to happen.

    "Dirty mouth?"

    October 3, 2011 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Gardasil

    Fear = Profit

    October 3, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son


      October 3, 2011 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
  30. GT_MAN

    I will continue to smoke, but will not suck Pu$$y.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • really?

      You picked the wrong oral fascination to have man. Every cig you smoke takes away time from your life while every girl you sleep with...wait... they take more time away from your life. Nevermind ... keep puffin!

      October 3, 2011 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
  31. Joshua Ludd

    But don't forget, folks.. Michelle Bachmann and the other Republicans want to stand up for your freedom to allow your child to end up getting cancer of one kind or another through HPV.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. No Surprise

    Hey Tom,
    Aside from the rare instance of getting VD from transfusions, contact with contaminated body fluids or getting it at birth from your mother, the only way to get VD is if you or your partner "sleep around" or share needles. So I stand on what I said, monogamy works. If you think that monogamists are delusion,then I must be, but I'd rather be a delusional monogamist than an enlightened disease carrier. thank you very much

    October 3, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are a delusion. Thanks for admitting it.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:50 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      Tommy mistakes name-calling for debate, and his own opinions for intelligence.
      Good boy Tommy. Good boy.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:58 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you believe whatever your partner tells you, huh? Well, aren't you special, ed? You'd rather your daughter simply put her faith in the word of a man who might be lying than protect herself from a virus that could cause cancer? Good on you, daddy or mommy. You're a real peach.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:58 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      Wow. Look back at your comments, Tommy. You're just way too excited about this and have not offered anything of substance. Just snarky criticism and name-calling. Its an exchange of ideas, dude, and your pockets are empty.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Better my pockets be empty than my skull, dufus. Unlike you, I have a brain and know how to read research. You, on the other hand? Not so much. Thanks for reinforcing my points.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
    • Mark9988

      If you had any points, they'd need it.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Notify me when you make a point, dink.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Still waiting to hear you present a single shred of evidence that HPV doesn't cause cervical cancer and that it hasn't been implicated in other cancers as well. Also waiting for you and your pals to prove that Gardasil doesn't prevent some strains of HPV and therefore benefits all of us. Go ahead. I can hardly wait.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:20 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gosh, why is it taking you so long, dear? To read your posts, such proof should be right at hand. Why haven't you produced it?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:34 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Still waiting. Where are you, honey?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Mark, where are you? Why can't you prove your claims?

      October 3, 2011 at 21:50 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did you fall into the hole in your outhouse, Marky? Why the long silence?

      Maybe you actually managed to read some of the information on cervical and oral cancers caused by HPV 16, one of the strains that Gardasil can prevent.

      You morons are a hoot.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:06 | Report abuse |
  33. Darlene Buckingham

    What are the ages of the subjects? Chemotherapy also increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers. This article is very sketchy. I would like to see more hard data of how this study arrived at this conclusion. PEace.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'd like to see your hard data on chemo causing mouth and throat cancers. Go ahead and post links to your sources of info.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:59 | Report abuse |
  34. Lewis

    I always wondered about Michael Douglas and his throat cancer. Back in the day he was quite a player.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Barbara

    Most HPV infections clear up on their own without developing into precancer, cancer, etc. Do some research about HPV before thinking you're doomed when your test comes up positive.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      Please link me were you found this information

      October 3, 2011 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      Wow, That only took about 100 posts before I found a rational response. Thank You Barbara. Just because you have HPV doesn't mean you have cancer. This article is fear-mongering at its best. If two paragraphs are devoted to the pharm companies that make the vaccine......Create a problem then offer the solution....unless you are in Texas then you can force the solution.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:05 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yes because your qualified to present that evidence. What scientific journal that is peer reviewed by experts who have been studying microbiology and epidemiology their whole lives are you published in?

      October 3, 2011 at 18:24 | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      For Mike, who has a problem doing simple research: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm "In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years."

      October 3, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And what of those that don't? Why not prevent HPV in the first place, dip?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      TTTPS, aka dip, the vaccines only protect against 4 strains of HPV. How many strains of HPV are there? A lot more than 4. So you can still get HPV even if you've had the vaccine.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You must love gambling, dip. Go ahead and gamble on your kid's life, honey. She's probably no brighter than you are, so it's not much of a loss, anyway.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:10 | Report abuse |
    • Stephen


      Thank you for your comment. Yes, HPV clears within 2 years, but most people with a strong immune system can clear it much faster than that. The best site for Oral Cancer is:http://oralcancerfoundation.org/
      Brian Hill runs the award winning site and I know him, because I lost my wife to the disease.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thank you for posting that address, Stephen. My condolences on the loss of your wife. I cannot imagine.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Tom, personal attacks only make your stance weak. Limit your point of view to facts and people might not dismiss you outright.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And your facts are where, exactly, Kath? Yeah, that's what I thought. I couldn't care any less if you or any other brain-dead moron took me seriously, you boob. The facts are already here. They're in the article. If idiots like you can't read, that's your issue.

      October 3, 2011 at 21:52 | Report abuse |
  36. shyboy69

    It's Bush's fault. Get it?

    October 3, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. TheMovieFan

    Hmmm...there's a girl I knew from college who probably would find this article frightening...if she's still around.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Scott

    I'd like to believe that I'm the reason that thousands upon thousands of women now have throat cancer... but... alas, that's just not the case.

    October 3, 2011 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • really?

      meaning you have HPV and didn't tell them or you are a virgin and couldn't get a street walker to blow you with $50?

      October 3, 2011 at 18:21 | Report abuse |
    • crazycrazy

      @really?....it's called a joke you retard. Comprehend a little better next time.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:28 | Report abuse |
  39. jack johnson

    Sounds like some people quit smoking and pick up another bad habit

    October 3, 2011 at 17:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jack johnson

    Wonder how Monicia L. is doing?

    October 3, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. mike

    Oh CNN comment boards...how you remind me how little most people know about science and the world around them...

    October 3, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Quite so. Just look at some of the idiocy posted: If one has HPV, it usually 'clears up on its own."

      Too bad stupidity isn't like that. The only cure for ignorance is education, and the bozos here are too lazy to invest in any such endeavor.

      October 3, 2011 at 18:53 | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      You don't think the CDC is a reputable source? http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm "In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years."

      October 3, 2011 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So what? What of those that DON'T? Do you feel lucky?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son is either a complete moron or he works for merck.

      October 4, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Neither, Marshall. You must be projecting. You've provided not a shred of evidence from any reliable, widely-accepted source to back up your nonsensical claims. The fact that HPV has been linked to cancer by people who actually are scientists and doctors is not up for debate. You keep blathering that the virus "clears" the body, when in fact the damage is already done. You haven't the slightest clue as to what you're talking about.

      October 4, 2011 at 18:44 | Report abuse |
  42. Ant

    Keep ur globalist guardisol to urself and do ur research on how this actually induced cancer for crying out loud....

    October 3, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. onc office

    yep- our office is seeing an increase in head & neck cancer patients due to HPV

    October 3, 2011 at 18:06 | Report abuse | Reply

    Gardasil HAS been approved for men – not just as precaution to prevent transmission to female partners or prevention of genital warts. In 2010 the FDA approved the use of Gardasil for men to prevent anal cancer.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. surf

    another reason to keep it in your pants.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. oral

    Bummer.. love me nothing more then going down on a nice clean shaved...peach.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Baa Weet

    wookin por nub in all teh wong paces...wookin por nub

    October 3, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Timothy

    CNN Medical Producer thought he/.she is smarter than the American people .... CNN lost all its credibility on medical news .
    CNN Medical Producer failed to perform his/her duty as an unbiased news agency .

    October 3, 2011 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Paul

    Correction Dr. Chaturvedi, Currently there is a screening method in place for oropharyngeal cancers, check it out on the web Oral CDx

    October 3, 2011 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Rick Perry

    I was right!

    October 3, 2011 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
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