The Battle Against HPV

The virus that causes oral cancer shares characteristics with cervical cancer.

Imagine battling over 120 soldiers. Four are special ops. Their sole intent is to get under your skin—a goal already achieved in more than three quarters of their targets. The promi­nent human papilloma­virus soldiers go by the names HPV-16, HPV-18, HPV-31, and HPV-45. They invade the skin with nearly invisible and often flat cancer-causing growths.

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