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Erich M. Sturgis and Paul M. Cinciripini Trends in head and neck cancer incidence in relation to smoking prevalence Cancer 110

Version of Record online: 27 AUG 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.22963

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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