HPV may be cancer link in Barrett’s oesophagus

Screening for oesophageal cancer may soon be possible based on a link between HPV and Barrett's oesophagus, an Australian gastroenterologist has suggested.

Recent research linking high-risk HPV serotypes to Barrett's oesophagus and oesophageal cancer may have provided the ‘missing' risk factor behind the exponential rise in oesophageal malignancy since the 1970s, said Professor Shan Rajendra, a professor of medicine of the University of NSW.

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