A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports there's been a 225 percent uptick in the HPV-positive oropharynx cancers since 1998, according to data from three U.S. cancer centers. By 2020, oropharynx cancer will be the most common HPV-associated cancer in the U.S. surpassing cervical cancer. Human papillomavirus, once believed to have no effect on men, has now been declared harmful to males as well as women.
The rate of STD infection has been greater in the Black community, where a lower marital rate has led to an increase in the number of sex partners. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, over 11,000 cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed this year, but the number has been declining. With men less likely going to the doctor, women have been frequently receiving their pap smears, which has been linked to the decrease.