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Most adults are unaware of the association between HPV and oral, penile and anal cancers



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.

"More than 70 percent do not know that HPV causes anal, penile and oral cancer," said Ashish Deshmukh, author of the new study and assistant professor at the UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston.

He described the large gap in public consciousness as shocking and suggested that this is one reason why the national HPV vaccination rates are so low.

For the study, Deshmukh and his colleagues analyzed the National Cancer Institute's data from 6,261

men and women who were interviewed about their HPV knowledge in 2017 and 2018.

Two-thirds of the 18- to 26- Year-olds knew that HPV can cause cervical cancer, compared to just one third of men of the same age.

However, it has also been shown that HPV causes oral, anal and penile disease to cause cancer, a fa In the study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, 80 percent of men and 75 percent of women in the same age group were lost.

Overall, 70 percent of adults of all ages knew nothing about the relationship between HPV and other cancers.


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