Study Shows 11 Million Men Are Infected With Cancer-Linked HPV And Don’t Know It | NBC Nightly News

Study Shows 11 Million Men Are Infected With Cancer-Linked HPV And Don’t Know It | NBC Nightly News


RISK FACTORS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT IT.>>Reporter: WHEN MARRIED FATHER OF THREE JASON MENDELSOHNN FELT A STRANGE LUMP ON HIS NECK A FEW YEARS AGO, HE GOT IT CHECKED OUT RIGHT AWAY.>>WHEN I GOT DIAGNOSED ARE STAGE-FOUR HPV-RELATED ORAL CANCER, MY LIFE STOPPED. ALL OF A SUDDEN, I HAD TO WORRY ABOUT WHO WAS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF MY WIFE AND KIDS.>>Reporter: JASON’S CANCER WAS CAUSED BY HPV. THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS. MOST COMMONLY LINKED TO CERVICAL CANCER IN WOMEN. A NEW STUDY VEELS MEN ARE INCREASING — REVEALS MEN ARE INCREASINGLY INFECTED WITH THE VIRUS. MORE THAN 11 MILLION MEN HAVE ORAL HPV, AND LIKE JASON, DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.>>WHEN WE HAVE HPV INFECTIONS, WHETHER THEY’RE GENITAL INFECTIONS OR INFECTIONS IN THE THROAT, THE INFECTION ITSELF WITH THE VIRUS DOESN’T CAUSE SYMPTOMS.>>Reporter: IN SOME PEOPLE, THE VIRUS CAN PROGRESS TO ORAL CANCER YEARS LATER. RICK FACTORS FOR ORAL HPV MAY INCLUDE THE NUMBER OF SEXUAL PARTNERS, PERFORMING ORAL SEX, AND SMOKING CIGARETTES OR MARIJUANA. JASON HAS SINCE RECOVERED FROM HIS CANCER AND IS DETERMINED TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE VIRUS.>>LET ME TELL YOU WHY I LOVE YOUR MOTHER –>>Reporter: HE’S GOTTEN HIS KIDS VACCINATED AND WANTS EVERYONE TO KNOW IT IS PREVENTABLE. DOCTORS SAY BOYS AND GIRLS SHOULD BE VACCINATED STARTING AT ABOUT 11-YEARS-OLD. THEY SHOULD GET TWO DOSES AT LEAST SIX MONTHS APART. THOSE WHO GET THE SHOT AFTER AGE 14 NEED THREE DOSES. AFTER AGE 26, DOCTORS SAY IT’S TOO LATE.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT ADULTS RIGHT NOW WHO THINK THEY MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT WITH THIS VIRUS. ANYTHING THEY CAN DO?>>AND UNLIKE PAP SMEARS FOR CERVICAL CANCER, THERE IS NO GOOD TEST FOR ORAL HPV NOW.

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