Papilloma virus linked to more cancers

April 25, 2008 2:16:41 PM PDT
The virus that causes cervical cancer, the human papilloma virus, or HPV, is now being linked to other cancers in men and women.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that an oral infection of HPV increases a person risk of developing throat cancer. Friday, University of Kentucky researchers presented preliminary findings which link HPV to lung cancer. And in men HPV is now being associated with genital cancer.

Researchers are not sure how HPV may trigger all these cancers but they theorize the virus interferes with DNA function to cause abnormal cell growth.