Complex Etiology Underlies Risk and Survival in Head and Neck Cancer Human Papillomavirus, Tobacco, and Alcohol: A Case for Multifactor Disease

Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.
Journal of Oncology 01/2012; 2012(23):571862. DOI: 10.1155/2012/571862
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Findings are inconsistent about whether tobacco, alcohol, and human papillomavirus (HPV) are two independent HNC risk factor groups that distinguish an infection-associated cancer from a tobacco/alcohol-associated HNC. We found that cancer in the oral cavity risk was greater in HPV-E6/E7 seropositive/heavy tobacco users (adjusted OR = 3.5) than in HPV-seronegative/heavy tobacco users (adjusted OR = 1.4); and HPV-seropositive/heavy alcohol users (adjusted OR = 9.8) had greater risk than HPV-seronegative/heavy alcohol users (adjusted OR = 3.1). In contrast, the risk of oropharyngeal cancer was greater in the HPV-seronegative/heavy tobacco (adjusted OR = 11.0) than in HPV-seropositive/heavy tobacco (adjusted OR = 4.7) users and greater in HPV-seronegative/heavy alcohol users (adjusted OR = 24.3) compared to HPV-seropositive/heavy alcohol users (adjusted OR = 8.5). Disease-specific and recurrence-free adjusted survival were significantly worse in oropharyngeal HPV-seronegative cases with no survival differences by HPV status seen in oral cavity cases. The association between tobacco/alcohol, HPV, and tumor site is complex. There appear to be distinct tumor site differences in the combined exposure risks, suggesting that different molecular pathways are involved.

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    • "Human papillomaviruses are now, together with smoking and alcohol consumption, an established risk factor for head and neck cancer [48]. HPVs are present in 67.0% of oropharyngeal cancers, especially tonsillar carcinomas. "
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    • "They also share some risk factors, though their relative importance depends on the type of upper GI cancer. Whereas the main risk factors for oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer are alcohol consumption, smoking and human papillomaviruses (HPVs), HPV-16 in particular [7,8], the accepted risk factors for oesophageal cancer include alcohol, smoking, obesity and gastro-oesophageal reflux [9], and those for gastric cancer are Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, diet and smoking [10]. "
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    • "Head and neck cancers (HNC) which involve malignant neoplasms of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx, are the sixth most common cancers threatening human life worldwide [1]. To date, there are ample evidences indicating that HNC is a complex multifactorial disorder involving genetic factors, lifestyle, tobacco smoke, alcohol consuming, and environmental factors [2-6] and some low-penetrant genes have been identified as potential HNC susceptibility genes [7-9]. Among them, an important one is xeroderma pigmentosum group D(XPD) gene, which is located on chromosome 19q13.3. "
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