Study: Smoking could raise HPV risk

Study: Smoking could raise HPV risk
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We already know that smoking is bad for your health. But new research goes even further in compounding the risks of tobacco exposure: A new study has found links between smoking and HPV risk.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA, found that people with greater tobacco exposure had a higher prevalence of oral HPV type 16. The researchers looked at data from 6,887 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, studying their biomarkers of tobacco exposures, including both smoking and secondhand smoke, in relation to HPV-16, which causes more than 90 percent of HPV-related cancers.

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Meghan DeMaria

Meghan DeMaria is a staff writer at TheWeek.com. She has previously worked for USA Today and Marie Claire.