Maclean's - "A Cancer For The Young"
Certain strains of oral cancer are on the rise. Could changing sexual habits be to blame?
Dr. Eric Genden, head and neck surgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, has seen his practice change dramatically over the past decade. "My waiting room used to be filled with smokers and drinkers, blue-collar workers," recalls Dr. Genden. "Now it's filled with professionals who were never smokers or drinkers." This "new set of patients" is presenting with head and neck cancer, particularly in the tonsils and at the base of the tongue, at a younger age than the hard-living seniors. He now knows the culprit: the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Learn More
- Dr. Eric M. Genden, Professor & Chair, Otolaryngology, Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center