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Men's Health: HPV, Oral Sex & Neck Cancer

Summary: Michael Douglas caused a stir when he claimed throat cancer can be caused by HPV. But can you really get cancer from a virus in this way?
Air Date: 6/21/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur
Guest Bio: Dr. Vikas Mehta
Dr. Vikas Mehta is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Louisiana State University. Dr. Mehta is Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology/Robotic-Assisted Head and Neck Surgery.

He is the Director of Robotic Head and Neck Surgery and the co-Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. He has authored over 20 articles and chapters and has presented at various national specialty meetings. Dr. Mehta currently serves on the Endocrine Surgery and Physician Resources Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Mehta’s clinical interests and expertise include head and neck cancer surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, salivary gland malignancies, minimally-invasive head and neck surgery, and robotic surgery
Men's Health: HPV, Oral Sex & Neck Cancer
Michael Douglas caused a stir when he claimed throat cancer can be caused by HPV. But can you really get cancer from a virus in this way?

We've been told for some time now that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) increases your chances of developing cervical cancer. And now it is coming more to light that HPV can also increase your risk for head, throat and neck cancers.

This is an issue, certainly, considering it's estimated that more than 50% of adults have been exposed to HPV at some point in their lives.

Special guest, Dr. Vikas Mehta, joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the dangers of HPV and the importance of the HPV vaccine. He also offers hope to those who have been diagnosed, as he discusses how these cases are highly treatable.
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