We now know that HPV causes cancer in men. It was just a matter of time for this fact to become apparent since it has been widely known for years that HPV caused cervical cancer in women. Sexual transmission of HPV, also called Human Papilloma Virus, genital warts and venereal warts, can lead to cancers of the penis, anus, rectum and throat. Additionally, HPV is believed by experts to be the leading cause of throat cancer in men, surpassing smoking related throat cancers. Thanks to Michael Douglas’ interview in People Magazine, September 2010, where he spoke about his own throat cancer and history of HPV, more and more men are becoming aware of the link between HPV and male throat cancers. I applaud Douglas for publicly talking about his cancer and history of HPV. Douglas’ frankness is helping millions of men to become aware of the link between HPV and male cancers.
Meet the author
Suzann Gage, RNC, NP, LAc, is co-founder and clinical director of Progressive Health Services. She is a nationally certified OB/GYN nurse practitioner, a nationally certified licensed acupuncturist, a nutritionist, herbalist, qigong practitioner and naturopath. Suzann has over 37 years experience in the field of gynecology, urology, family planning, HIV and STD testing, endocrinology, thyroid care, nutrition, acupuncture, herbs, Qigong, integrative and alternative medicine and Self-Help health advocacy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and clinical expertise to Progressive Health Services.