Today’s infographic is something I don’t think many of us know about. HPV has been in the headlines for the last few years, but it has always been focused on getting girls vaccinated. Now with almost a 30% increase in male oral cancers since 1988, researchers believe upper throat cancer will pass cervical cancer as the country’s main human papillomavirus related cancer in the next 10 years.
This teaches us one thing about American society: we like to put our mouths on things, but cancer is no laughing matter. Like all cancer, early detection is key. With almost a 90% survival rate of throat cancer it would’nt seem too bad, but still thousands are victims every year.
In my state of Texas, girls are required by law to be vaccinated for HPV before they enter middle school. With these new statistics, I wonder if a male vaccine will ever be a mandatory prevention.
[The Mount Sinai Medical Center]