Saturday, November 23, 2013

HPV: Sex, cancer and a virus

Human papillomavirus is causing a new form of head and neck cancer— leaving researchers scrambling to understand risk factors, tests and treatments.
Megan Scudellari 20 November 2013
On a sunny day in 1998, Maura Gillison was walking across the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, thinking about a virus. The young oncologist bumped into the director of the university's cancer centre, who asked politely about her work. Gillison described her discovery of early evidence that human papillomavirus (HPV) — a ubiquitous pathogen that infects nearly every human at some point in their lives — could be causing tens of thousands of cases of throat cancer each year in the United States. The senior doctor stared down at Gillison, not saying a word. “That was the first clue that what I was doing was interesting to others and had potential significance,” recalls Gillison.....To Read More....
My Take - The reason I posted this is to emphasize something I have believed for some time. Many cancers are caused by viruses.  Time will tell, but one thing we know for sure – pesticides do not cause cancer.

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