Recent Evidence Suggests Strong Link Between Herpes Simplex Virus Infection and Head and Neck Cancers

22 Apr 2024 • Recent research identified a notable association between HSV infections and an elevated risk of lip cancer, with a hazard ratio of 3.08, along with a significant overall increase in head and neck cancer risk (HR: 1.17).

Notably, the correlation persisted even after accounting for confounders like smoking and alcohol dependence.

The surprisingly strong correlation with lip, oral cavity, and pharynx neoplasms sheds new light on supposedly harmless herpes simplex infections, suggesting them as a possible new factor for risk stratification.

Source: International Journal of Dermatology | Read full story

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