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Alarming rise in oral HPV cases in men

In this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo, a doctor holds a vial of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in his Chicago office. A national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have mostly silent infections caused by the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus, and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. The study was released Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.
In this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo, a doctor holds a vial of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in his Chicago office. A national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have mostly silent infections caused by the sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus, and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. The study was released Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. AP

The news earlier this month that 1 in 9 men – some 11.5 percent – are infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV) didn’t surprise Michael Becker – but it does alarm him.

That’s because Becker, 48, a married father of two teenage daughters and Philadelphia resident, knows all too well how dangerous oral HPV potentially is.

For the last two years, the former biotech executive, Wall Street financier and author of “A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” has been battling advanced (stage IV) oropharyngeal cancer – and publicly advocating for both awareness about HPV-related cancers and the need to vaccinate kids and young adults.

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