HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers: A Review of the Literature.

Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association

PubMedID: 25295840

Minassian M. HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers: A Review of the Literature. J Dent Hyg. 2014;88(4):194-201.
PURPOSE
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is rampant among young adults and is linked with cervical and oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). As the preventive arm of oral health care, dental hygienists can take the lead in educating the young adult population about risk factors for HPV and OPC. Dental hygienists' active involvement in educational initiatives may help minimize the spread of HPV associated STDs, prevent transmission of HPV to the head and neck region, and decrease the development of OPC.