Erich M. Sturgis and Paul M. Cinciripini Trends in head and neck cancer incidence in relation to smoking prevalence Cancer 110
In the U.S., the decreasing prevalence of cigarette smoking has resulted in a lower incidence of head and neck cancer. However, a stagnation of oropharyngeal cancer incidence likely reflects a rising attribution of this disease to oncogenic human papillomavirus. Planned vaccination of the adolescent and young adult female population should result in a lower viral prevalence and hopefully reduced oropharyngeal cancer incidence, but the vaccination of males should also be considered.
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