In people diagnosed with an increasingly common form of mouth and throat cancer linked to infection with the oral human papillomavirus (HPV), the symptom they noticed first was a lump in the throat, according to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Cancer of the upper throat is a growing health issue for men who were exposed to HPV earlier in life during oral sex or deep kissing.
The small study involved 88 people, mostly men. Upon testing, 71 of the cancers were found to have been caused by HPV. For all cancers, the most common early warning signs were neck lumps and sore throats. However, neck lumps were more typical of the cancers associated with HPV.
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