Oral cancer, HPV infection and evidence of sexual transmission

  1. Fátima Martín Hernán
  2. Juan Manuel Sánchez Hernández
  3. Jorge Cano Sánchez
  4. Julián Campo Trapero
  5. Jorge del Romero
Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa

ISSN: 1698-6946

Year of publication: 2013

Volume: 18

Issue: 3

Pages: 439-444

Type: Article

More publications in: Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed. inglesa


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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2013
  • Journal Impact Factor: 1.095
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.976
  • Article influence score: 0.333
  • Best Quartile: Q3
  • Area: DENTISTRY, ORAL SURGERY & MEDICINE Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 52/83 (Ranking edition: SCIE)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2013
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.692
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Otorhinolaryngology Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 37/115
  • Area: Medicine (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 955/2999
  • Area: Surgery Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 122/441
  • Area: Dentistry (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 36/131

Scopus CiteScore

  • Year 2013
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 2.6
  • Area: Dentistry (all) Percentile: 74
  • Area: Surgery Percentile: 72
  • Area: Otorhinolaryngology Percentile: 66


The incidence of oropharyngeal cancer and oral cancer is growing worldwide, both in young non-smokers and in young non-drinkers (smoking and drinking are considered the main risk factors). Epidemiologic studies suggest a strong association between the infection by human papillomavirus (HPV), especially types 16 and 18 (high oncological risk) which have already demonstrated their etiological role in anal tumours as well as in cervix cancer. There is clear epidemiologic evidence that both types of tumours relate to changes in sexual behaviour and that both are linked to sexual transmission of HPV. The number of oral and oropharyngeal cancer cases is rising nowadays, especially among young individuals with no typical toxic habits, such as tobacco and/or alcohol. In this review we set out to update the aspects related to the onset of oral cancer, its relationship with HPV infection and whether this association may be due to the sexual transmission of the virus.