Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Studies of a rare cancer may prompt STD testing

Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

An STD could be responsible for causing a rare head and neck cancerThe human papillomavirus, the STD known better as HPV, may have a role in causing a type of head and neck cancer, according to new research.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center examined patients with tonsil cancer and patients with nasopharyngeal cancer, which manifests itself in tumors growing behind the nose and at the top of the throat.

Of the 89 tissue samples studied, five had nasopharyngeal cancer, and four of those tested positive for HPV. The researchers noted that the four HPV-positive tumors tested negative for Epstein-Barr virus, which had previously been the most common cause of nasopharyngeal.

Dr Thomas Carey, co-director of the head and neck oncology program at the Cancer Center explained that the research may clarify the cause of nasopharyngeal tumors that are Epstein-Barr virus-negative. "This research suggests that there is a changing etiology for nasopharyngeal cancer in the North American population that may mirror the HPV-positive epidemic."

The gradual shift in causation of the cancer has simultaneously occurred with death rates declining 4 percent each year - a fact doctors attribute to HPV related tumors being more responsive to chemotherapy than tumors caused by the Epstein- Barr virus.

A rare disease, nasopharyngeal cancer occurs in about 7 out of every 1 million Americans, the American Cancer Society reports.
ADNFCR-2248-ID-19400790-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top