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."

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  1. Agent XXV

    HPV...! REAL People..!
    Where a condom & cut down
    On the Sucky Sucky unless
    U Marry the Lad o
    r Lassie.

    I know people who have
    Cancer in the Throat
    From HPV, Not pretty like
    Most STD's..Self Gratification
    Is the Key to a Full Life
    When not with the one you
    Truly Love..! Keep taking your
    Meds Losers and Weak Souls.

    Do you have a GOD Complex Sir?
    "I am God"...!!! Peace

    October 3, 2011 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Where a condom"?

      I don't know. Who's on first?


      October 3, 2011 at 22:59 | Report abuse |
  2. Lisa

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm "In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years." Funny how the pharmaceutical companies DON'T advertise this fact.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you have yet to answer the question: what about those that don't? Why not prevent the virus in the first place? Why are you so terrified of a vaccine that can protect people from a possible cause of cancer?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Oh, gee, it only prevents 10% of HPV victims from dying needlessly. You certainly have a point there. It's on your head.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Tom... Whoooh Boy... Settle down there Champ. Hypertension is a silent killer. Lisa was just supplying some interestingly omitted information. I find it to be a valuable comment.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
    • nick

      Mavent... Your math sucks. 10% of people don't have an immune system that can that can fully cure the body of whatever strain of HPV (16,7...). That doesn't mean that 100% of that 10% will die of cancer. many/most will live full lives having the virus live dormant. For other it will only be active under case where the immune system is suppressed (severe stress, flu, cold... other).

      Lets have some rational thought and conversation about the topic. Are you capable of this?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'll stack my BP against yours anytime, jackazz. It's 110 over 70.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Tom, I see nothing in Lisa's statement to suggest that she's terrified of the vaccine. She's simply stating facts...nothing wrong with that.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:45 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      nick, I hope your little girl isn't one of those who gets the virus and isn't so fortunate.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      For the record, approximately 70% of all cervical cancers are caused by the four strains of HPV prevented by garasil. Huge strides have been made in the vaccine field in recent years to improve safety. Sure, the rare bad reaction can occur with any vaccine, but I would rather take my chances with vaccines that the diseases they prevent. Thanks to vaccine technology we have been able to forget about once devastating diseases like polio, whooping cough, etc. Although cases of these once nearly extinct diseases are popping up because people are so irrationally afraid of vaccines in general.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      I represent the unlucky 1 in a 100 who got a different type of cancer. Let me tell you, I had much better odds than you are buying into, & I nearly died from it. Now tell ME a 10% rate of 1 in 10 of "non resolved" HPV (which in your double talk means it leads to cancer) is acceptable. The HPV vaccine will program the unlucky 10% of our population's immune systems to recognize & kill this virus. Unless YOU want to BE in that 1 in 10, it would be wise to get immunized. Trust me, you can get this cancer. Even if you eat right, exercise, do not engage in risky behavior, & have no family history or risk factors...Why? You cannot guarantee your partner's behavior. My cousin never knew her husband of 10 years was gay, until his lover was diagnosed with HIV.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
    • Arin

      It would be bad for business to say the chance of you needing this vaccine is slim.... first you have to get the virus... then your body must fail...and THEN you must fail at getting medical attention... which soon will be paid for by the good ole american citizens, which allows the pharmaceutical company to charge what ever they want. Damn, fear mongering is becoming very popular now a days.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:27 | Report abuse |
    • le

      As of June 1, 2009, the CDC reported that over 25 million doses of Gardasil, which is recommended for women between ages 9-26, have been distributed in the U.S. and there was an average of 53.9 VAERS reports per 100,000 vaccine doses. Of these, 40 percent occurred on the day of vaccination, and 6.2 percent were serious, including 32 reports of death.


      October 3, 2011 at 21:21 | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      @le 32 deaths in 25 million doses of garasil? That is around a 0.0000001% death rate. You stand a way better chance of dying from cancer. And as someone who watched a love one suffer and ultimately die of cancer after a 5 year battle, I would absolutely take the chance on a vaccine that could prevent it. Life is the number 1 cause of death. Sometimes it is necessary to take a small risk to obtain a substantial benefit.

      October 3, 2011 at 21:37 | Report abuse |
    • Medical Student

      ::facepalm:: its not the HPV itself thats the problem its the mechanism by which it causes cancer you have to worry about....once you've cleared HPV the damage could already be done, oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes could have already been activated/destroyed respectively.

      People complain there's no cure for cancer. Now we have a way to definitively prevent cervical cancer and possibly oropharyngeal cancers as well and people complain about a vaccine.

      October 3, 2011 at 21:50 | Report abuse |
    • Med Student

      le, Just because a VAERS report was made, doesn't mean the vaccine CAUSED the event. From the CDC: "judgments about whether the vaccine was truly responsible for an adverse event cannot be made from VAERS reports because of incomplete information." It just means that someone had a bad event around the time they got vaccinated.

      In addition to the 4,000 women who die of cervical cancer in this country every year, thousands of other women diagnosed may have to go through painful and expensive cancer treatments and can become infertile.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      MedStudent, I hope you're prepared to deal with the sort of ignorance you see here. It's rampant. Good luck.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
    • kim

      Sorry but thats not true in all cases. I have been fighting it for 6 years and it does not just always go away. Mine almost caused me to have cancer.

      October 3, 2011 at 23:30 | Report abuse |
    • Mills

      Reality check: researchers debate whether or not the body actually clears the body or if it lays dormant. Since many women who get infected with HPV in the cervix don't usually present with cervical cancer until their 50's, it's not fully understood if a person really clears the virus. Additionally, 10 USA women die a DAY, each and every day from just cervical cancer. Personally, I wouldn't want to take that gamble that I'd be in that unknown 10% category!

      October 3, 2011 at 23:53 | Report abuse |
    • Mills

      Reality check: researchers debate whether or not the body actually clears the virus or if it lays dormant. Since many women who get infected with HPV in the cervix don't usually present with cervical cancer until their 50's, it's not fully understood if a person really clears the virus. Additionally, 10 USA women die a DAY, each and every day, from just cervical cancer. Personally, I wouldn't want to take that gamble that I'd be in that unknown 10% category!

      October 3, 2011 at 23:55 | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      Lisa, you are extremely ignorant and foolish. Please don't post your inane opinion again. Thanks.

      October 4, 2011 at 00:18 | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Tyokol, what I posted is a fact. The link and the quote is from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Sorry that the truth hurts. Have a nice day.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Tyokol you and others like Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son are the ones who are ignorant and foolish.You should not attempt to spread your fear mongering ways to intelligent adults.

      October 4, 2011 at 16:35 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      No, the virus doesn't "clear up". The outbreak might subside but the virus is in the body for life, and you can spread it even if there are no visible signs of infection. Wherever you got that so called "quote", the source is wrong.

      October 4, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thank you, Anna. You've put the facts in terms so clear that even an idiot like Marshall should be able to comprehend them.

      October 4, 2011 at 20:46 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's because it's irrelevant, Lisa. You'd know that if you ever bothered to read the facts about HPV. But you and your pal Marshall can't do that because it would require some actual intelligence on your part, along with some understanding of viruses and biology.

      Poor little you.

      October 4, 2011 at 20:52 | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Anna, the quote comes from the CDC–you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? If you're not familiar with it, google it. That was the point of putting in the link, http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm so the ones who have trouble with research could go directly to it and read it with their own eyes.

      October 5, 2011 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Because of course that's the only way HPV is spread, right idiot?

    October 3, 2011 at 18:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's OTHER Son

      I like it spread on toast.

      October 4, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • anna

      That was their choice so live with it.

      October 4, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
  4. dave

    I just finished cancer treatment. It a shame that this cancer does not get the politically correct cancer like breast cancer...

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

      Cancer is immune disorder. everyone has cancer but when immune system and body conditions are good. your body kills cancer cells

      October 3, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      oy, you're wrong.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
    • mickeymo

      No, I think they're correct. I've always heard/read that too.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:26 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, because what you've "heard" is proof positive.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      "... the politically correct cancer ..." Wow, what a catch you are!
      Easy to understand why you're living in your mother's basement with an inflatable doll.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:37 | Report abuse |
    • Rubedo

      TOM-Everyone has cancer cells in their body. Some people never develope cancer and some do.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:40 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      ANd this proves what? Not a thing. This is about a vaccine that can prevent an infection of the virus that is one of the primary causes of certain types of cervical and oral cancer. Why is it you can't comment on that?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:42 | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      @ Oyvey,Your body's immune system can prevent this cancer better if it has a template to train white cells for defense. Immunization gives the body killed or weak virus cells to practice upon. The immune system is programed to remember & destroy that virus if the body gets exposed to it again. Boosting your own immune system to keep from being infested by this virus is much more natural than undergoing radiation or chemo AFTER a cancer develops from it. Aren't science & health classes required at the high schools anymore? This is basic stuff.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:22 | Report abuse |
    • miche1

      Dave – so sorry for you!! Best of luck!

      October 3, 2011 at 20:38 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Dave, hope you have a healthy future!

      October 3, 2011 at 21:16 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Rubedo-another genius at work. Rubedio, it's "develop". Not "develope".

      I don't accept any advice from people who aren't educated enough or meticulous enough to spell a 6th-grade-level word correctly.

      Go back to class. Don't do illegal drugs.

      October 4, 2011 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
  5. garc

    Too bad there's not a vaccine to prevent HPV...Oh wait! There is one! But if you believe certain wingnuts, it will make you "retarded." I guess Ms. Bachman had the vaccine herself....

    October 3, 2011 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Craven Moorhead

    Please , Please , please , God , don't let my wife read this !!!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 18:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Grimm


      October 3, 2011 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
    • teresa, ohio

      well, if you care about your wife, just make sure she isnt sucking on someone elses droppings. ya know? or maybe you should go get screened for hpv?

      October 3, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
  7. David

    If this story raises the profile of mouth cancer issues then its a good thing. Its a horrible disease.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • miche1


      October 3, 2011 at 20:36 | Report abuse |
    • sjparadiso

      My best friend had tongue cancer, went through chemo and radiation for six weeks, got a clean bill of health, and nine months later died with his body full of cancer – neck, lungs, legs, etc. The Spanish have done a study that shows an increased chance of oral cancer for those that have a history of swimming in chlorinated pools. My friend was on his Jr / Sr High swim teams for a total of six years, and never used tobacco of any kind. Just something to think about.

      October 3, 2011 at 21:07 | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    Looks like Merck's revenues for Gardasil diminished after Bachmann's comments, so now we get Gardasil ads buried in CNN news articles. Google or Youtube Gardasil to see some horrific side effects before you subject your kids to yet another big pharma sales campaign.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      So if a few people have an allergic reaction, headaches or nausea from taking the vaccine, you are willing to scare off everyone else and prevent the saving of literally thousands of lives. I'm sure you are not in a medical field, so why don't you just stick with what you know and stop spreading harmful rumors.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      I have already seen a side effect from NOT having the HPV vaccine...I watched a friend die in agony... From the uterine cancer.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:39 | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Be Humble

    I'd like to see this approved for males too... sometimes little boys like to play with little girls.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gaia

      At the moment, mostly girls are in pharma's target as guinea pigs for vaccinations that have gone through 'fast track' testing. Our children are the clinical trials...results will be posted in 10 years. Wake up, people!

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

      Jack: Gardasil is approved for males up to age 26. I went down to my university health center and got the series of shots. It's only RECOMMENDED by the CDC for women in this country(Big shock in Europe men get the rec from what I was told, guess American insurance companies don't want to be forced to subsidize your vaccine if you have a penis). If you're under 26, or even 27 I think, go get it. You may end up saving a life or multiple lives.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:55 | Report abuse |
  10. Gaia

    Who funded this research? The makers of Gardasil, etc.? How interesting that this study comes out as these vaccinations are trying to be pushed on school children. Do your research, folks.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • VaccinesRnot4me

      My thoughts EXACTLY!

      October 3, 2011 at 19:54 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do yours, dearie. I doubt you can or have.

      October 3, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
    • RBarnett

      Brenda Hernandez is a paid consultant for Merck
      Maura Gillison is a paid consultant for Merck and GlaxoSmithKline
      They both also receive research funding from Merck
      Hernandez also receives an honoraria.

      Considering Gillison is extensive quoted in the article, and Merck and GSK are manufacturers
      of the vaccines, that funding point may have been worth mentioning?

      October 4, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse |
  11. Kris

    I had HPV-related cervical cancer. Diagnosed at 30, underwent a davinci radical tracelectomy along with 7 rounds of chemotherapy. I'm two years in remission. I don't think people understand how devastating any cancer is, caused by whatever means. Everyone has hpv basically, and there are four strands that can cause cancer actually, not two. I will, without a doubt, vaccinate my daughter. Lest she develop such of an awful cancer. By the way, I had fully normal pap smears up to the point where it became a full blown cancer.

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

      Kris, thank you for providing the voice of experience!

      October 3, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Thank you. May you remain cancer free permanently.

      October 3, 2011 at 20:25 | Report abuse |
    • West

      I'm glad you're still here.

      October 4, 2011 at 00:19 | Report abuse |
    • Elaine

      Thanks Kris for your survivor story. I am a survivor of HPV Oral cancer that was just diagnosed in August. I am an otherwise healthy 50 year old divorced woman...I was blessed to have found my cancer very early on since it was in a very visible area of my upper palate and I have been "surgically cured". Although my prognosis is good, I will have to have PET scans every 2 months for the next 2 years. My doctors believe that this HPV etiology is a fast growing "epidemic". There is no way to know when you are orginally exposed to HPV but, the CDC feels that up to 80% of us have been exposed. And there is research to show that "deep kissing" can expose you also,...With those odds my 14year is scheduled next week for her first round of shots. I teach her to treat her body with respect so I know her actions will make me proud. I hope she will be proud of me because she knows I am doing what I can as her mother to protect her health for the future. I can appreciate peoples concerns about the vaccine but, please educate yourself about Oral Cancers and how devastating they are.....www.OralCancerFoundation.org

      October 5, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
  12. oyvey

    ITs the best way to spread hpv.

    October 3, 2011 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Woman

    Aaaand I still don't want myself or any of my loved ones getting injected with Gardasil.
    Fearmonger on~

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

      You're the one who's a fear monger, dingbat.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
  14. oyvey

    Like Tyrone, and Tbone.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • johnny spampinato

      Who are you talking about, here? Tyrone? Tbone?

      October 4, 2011 at 01:11 | Report abuse |
  15. oyvey

    Those who want to know more about healing. check out DR gerson and Dr. clark. Gerson was killed for his success of curing cancer naturally.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure he was. And Hobbits are real, too.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:18 | Report abuse |
  16. cnnisbullshat

    i call bullshat on this one.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Jake

    You mean "Harry" I believe.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. gwenz

    Are you saying that it couldn't be gotten by the opposite scenario? Nowhere did I read that women are having an increase in oropharynx cancers, just that it is increasing. In the last paragraph it says women have long suffered with HPV related cancer, i.e. genital warts and cervical cancer, and with the increase of oropharyngeal cancers, men will probably be hit as hard. To me, this suggests more than just telling your daughter what not to do.

    As far as the HPV vaccine, I fully support it. After working in a surgery dept. and seeing so many young women come in for procedures to rid themselves of genital warts, I'd take the risk with the vaccine. I would support it in my daughter OR son. This article makes a point to me that if we're going to vaccinate our daughters, then we dammm well vaccinate our sons too!

    October 3, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Derek

    I now have cancer of the ears from listening to all these a*s*ho**es on CNN blogs.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. chinatown

    Great, now it'll be harder to get head.....Thanks Doc!

    October 3, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mickeymo


      October 3, 2011 at 19:28 | Report abuse |
  21. Salvo

    It won't make any difference.....

    October 3, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. slogreport

    this is going to be a tough one especially for people who love to slog at slogreport.com

    October 3, 2011 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. DCM

    GOD! This almost makes Rick Perry look like some kind of genius 🙂 The media is so biased in one direction or another you can't get real unbiased facts so i guess we will never know since the vaccine is now a political weapon. Glad we did not have the same idiots around when we decided to wipe out polio or we would never have gotten a vaccine.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. mdblanche

    Unless you teach your sons the same thing, your daughters can still catch it from their cheating husbands. Or do you think having multiple partners is only a bad thing if you're a woman?

    October 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. bobcat2u

    Way to go girls. Save your cherry, get throat cancer.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. nightshade.

    Can guys get it by doing trench duty on their ladies ?

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

      That is what article basically says. Sad too, 'cause I love me some muffin.

      October 3, 2011 at 23:12 | Report abuse |
  27. epona30

    FINALLY? I have a reasonable excuse. My husband was about to have me checked for a brain tumor with all these headaches I get.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Lairbear

    It's both the male and female responsibility to get the vaccine as far as I am concerned, or do without until marriage.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. R

    I think enjoying BJ with single healthy partner is not a big deal. It is problem when you are doing too much with too many partners and that too unprotected. They do not teach this in abstinence class.

    October 3, 2011 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. lold

    BJs and deepthroating does that lol

    October 3, 2011 at 19:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Sandra

    I have asked my HPV medical questions to doctors at http://www.askmdx.com and got the answers

    October 3, 2011 at 19:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. teresa, ohio

    ummm, how would he have gotten it? ; )

    October 3, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Delmar Knudson

    I don't post on a lot of these webpages since I prefer to discuss things with sentient beings. However, for those of you who drink and smoke heavily, or worse yet, chew tobacco; google something like medical photos of oral cancer if you want to see some horribly graphic photos of eroded gums and jaws and tongues. They are not a pretty sight; and the pain is considerable. Barely touching the inside of the mouth was excruciating in a 23 year old patient of mine. If you worry about the possibility of getting a complication from the vaccines just look at what you get from the disease. Now that HPV is another cause, we have an added worry. Ignorant, prejudiced people have fought all vaccinations since Jenner, so I don't suppose that will change.

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

      Oh, if only they'd see it that way, Delmar. Unfortunately, they're idiots, as you surmised.

      October 3, 2011 at 19:47 | Report abuse |
    • Ry

      Ah yes, we're idiots with the choice to enjoy life as we please, no thanks to your blindsided and rather shallow judgements. I find a person's lack to keep their business to themselves more disturbing than another poster child of cancer.

      October 3, 2011 at 23:12 | Report abuse |
    • Edwin


      I know parents who don't vaccinate their kids. I don't press the issue, or even bring it up - I think they are foolish and risking their kids' safety, but it's not my business.

      People who post inane and logically flawed comments, however, are asking for feedback. If you don't want people posting responses to your comments, don't post! The nature of blogs is that posts can and SHOULD be responded to.

      October 4, 2011 at 01:50 | Report abuse |
  34. teresa, ohio

    I'm wondering how many of these oral performers also have a smoking addiction. Perhaps its not the hpv within the body already, but more that so many people smoke and do oral without cleaning the mouth area??? hmmm

    October 3, 2011 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Truth

    My wife was a virgin when I met her. I wasn't. We've been married almost 10 years. Neither of us has cheated. 3 months ago she got diagnosed with HPV. She got it from me. I wasn't promiscuous by most people's definitions. I had a few partners before we met (in our early 30's). We have twin sons who are very young. I pray my wife (nor I) develop HPV-related cancer, and I pray that people will get smart and treat this disease like any other dangerous disease that we can vaccinate against. I never ever had a single symptom of HPV, nor did my wife. They only found it on a pap smear, and after 10 years of being together. This is not a "big pharma" scam, and it is NOT a license to be promiscuous. It's a vaccine against a hidden deadly illness. Would you want your daughter or son to die because their PARTNER wasn't a virgin? 50-85% of adults are carriers and most never show a symptom (until they develop cancer).

    October 3, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pam Kingford

      Yes, your story is why I've emailed pharmaceutical companies to CREATE AN HPV TEST FOR MEN. There is still no HPV test for men IN 2011!!! Women Must be able to test their boyfriends and fiances for virus that causes cancer in women!

      The company Digene makes the HPV test and WE he female HPV test: WE SHOULD ALL CALL & EMAIL DR HILBERT AT DIGENE AND DEMAND THEY MAKE AN HPV TEST FOR MEN : atbd@qiagen.com

      October 3, 2011 at 21:51 | Report abuse |
    • PhilG.

      You cannot predict where a cancer came from.

      If your wife gets cancer-let's hope not-it could have come from any number of sources.

      If you want to ruin the rest of your life running away from life because you might get something-that's your choice.

      A vaccine won't stop whats coming to get you or your wife or me.

      And you can test until your bank account is empty and you'll still be right where you are-in the crosshairs of what's coming for you.

      Relax,enjoy life,be sensible of course but don't let your life become a checklist of doom to make a drug company rich.

      The way the food supply is coming up tainted-you have more to worry about in your lettuce then with a HPV contamination-provided you use common sense and protection.

      October 4, 2011 at 00:08 | Report abuse |
  36. kiki

    Well based on the educated comment of the women who says maybe your daughters shouldn"t be going down on every tom, dick & harry should probably teach her son that he shouldn't be sticking his d**k in evry women he sees-that goes both ways you know....

    October 3, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply


    October 3, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. penny

    both of my kids , boy and girl have had the vaccine. I did it to protect them from God knows who the wind up with in marriage. It will so hard for my kids to find someone who has not been around the block to marry when it's time.

    October 3, 2011 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. VA

    it doesn't seem that you read the article.

    October 3, 2011 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Stymie

    You are an idiot!

    October 3, 2011 at 20:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. miche1

    That was one of the funniest SNL skits ever!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Kyon

    i got my shots

    October 3, 2011 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Verify

    Regarding Gardasil–"Although the number of serious adverse events is small and rare, they are real and cannot be overlooked or dismissed without disclosing the possibility to all other possible vaccine recipients," said Dr. Diane Harper, director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at University of Missouri. "The rate of serious adverse events is greater than the incidence rate of cervical cancer."

    October 3, 2011 at 20:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zach Y

      I wonder, is the risk of adverse effects greater than cervical cancer AND oral cancer combined? What about if you include some types of colorectal cancers (which may be linked to the virus)? I've also heard that there may be a link to some penile cancers as well. I wonder if some prostate cancers could be linked too?

      October 3, 2011 at 21:13 | Report abuse |
    • le

      wow, that is the most fascinating, succinct tidbit I have ever read on the subject. I googled the quote and found this too: of 53.9 VAERS reports per 100,000 vaccine doses. Of these, 40 percent occurred on the day of vaccination, and 6.2 percent were serious, including 32 reports of death.
      So even for all those who, unfortunately, are battling cancer, would your rather chance instant death from the vaccine or the possibility of being a cancer survivor?!

      October 3, 2011 at 21:15 | Report abuse |
    • Verify

      Le, ask that question of the parents whose kids have died, or have had serious side effects from the vaccine. I bet I know what their answer would be.

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

      Why don't you provide statistics that show the risk of such outcomes vs. the risk of cervical or oral cancer, dumbazz?

      October 3, 2011 at 21:59 | Report abuse |
    • Verify

      Personal attacks? How mature. When you grow up, come back to the debate.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      When you have any facts, YOU come back to the "debate", if that's what you call this.

      You idiots are clueless. There IS no debate. There are facts and there's nonsense. Which side are you on?

      October 3, 2011 at 22:09 | Report abuse |
    • Verify

      Go get your shot, Tom, so you can be a guinea pig for side effects, long term results, etc. They need study subjects.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:14 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Thanks for proving that you don't have any facts or sources to back up your claims, honey. I knew you didn't.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:15 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      By the way, Verify, do you always use "le" as your alias when you have no facts to post? Or do you just bluster about like a big thundercloud and expect people to believe you because you're obnoxious?

      October 3, 2011 at 22:17 | Report abuse |
    • Verify

      There's no reason why I should provide links to the research I'm referring to, when the facts are easily googled from medical sources. Do your own research and quit being lazy.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:18 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bwhahhhahhhahhha! The onus is on you, moron. If you can't or won't provide your proof, then there isn't any. As I said.

      Gardasil can help prevent HPV and the cancers that it causes. Prove otherwise or admit you're nothing but a fraud.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Come on, Verify, get to it. Either you have evidence in the form of reliable, widely-accepted sources or you don't. Which is it?

      Your silence is telling. It's speaking volumes.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:29 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just as I thought. You HAVE no proof or anything resembling it, Verify.

      Shame on you.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      T, I think V said all they had to say. Your childish ranting and raving just proves their assessment of you correct. You might want to work on that.

      October 3, 2011 at 23:01 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure, Veritas said all he/she had to say-which was nothing of value. No evidence, no citations, no facts.

      Thanks for reinforcing my opinion of people like you-now why not go back to using your other handle and stop posting as someone other than Veritas?

      October 4, 2011 at 09:15 | Report abuse |
  44. cameo35

    ......i always said...if it smells like fish put it on a dish....................smell like cologne,leave it alone..........looks like trout .leave it about............taste like bass then put it in the......well you know

    October 3, 2011 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. AJ

    stop eating grains and fructose, eat like a paleo man(woman) and...cancer, alzheimer's, ADHD, obesity, Cardio vascular disease, auto-immune disorders, depression, gout, diabetes....all....goes....away.

    Paleo man didn't die due to his health...he was bigger, stronger and healthier then today's average american. He died due to high-risk lifestiyle and no medical technology.
    Change what foods (drugs) you put into your body...change your life.

    October 3, 2011 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      This is one of the dumbest posts of the day. Paleo man died in his 20s, you idiot.

      He didn't live long enough to get cancer or diabetes. Or Alzheimer's. Or Parkinson's.

      And he was probably brighter than you are.

      October 3, 2011 at 22:31 | Report abuse |
  46. jeff

    It's such a shame that HPV has become politicized for the sake of Michelle Bachmann's campaign.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. bisnono

    I've lost 5 family members to cancer, one to cervical cancer at the age of 31 just 3 months before her scheduled wedding day (before Gardisil was available). People lament about there not being a "cure" for cancer, but then when there's a vaccine available that can prevent cancer altogether, people think it'll never happen to them, so they don't get it, or they speak out against it, as if there's some HUGE conspiracy and everyone is out to get them. No one is out to get you – we're out to get CANCER.

    The old adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is true. I can't imagine there's a woman out there who would truly prefer the pain and anguish of months of costly cancer treatments (with a questionable prognosis) over an inexpensive, vaccine that takes less than 2 seconds to administer.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Bob

    If my girl stops taking my load down her throat because of reading this, I am calling my lawyer.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerkweed

      Your lawyer's gonna take the load instead?

      October 3, 2011 at 21:23 | Report abuse |
  49. Jerkweed

    There's just something about the photo used in this news article. Suggestive.

    October 3, 2011 at 21:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mattmchugh

    Why do I have the feeling this is just a reprinted press release from Merk?

    October 3, 2011 at 21:36 | Report abuse | Reply
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