Harvard Health Blog
HPV and cancer: The underappreciated connection
By: Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Did you know that a viral infection can lead to a number of different types of cancer? If that comes as a surprise to you, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a new study, many people have no idea that a common viral infection called human papilloma virus (HPV) can cause cancer of the genitals, anus, mouth, and throat, as well as cervical cancer.