06 Oct '11, 2pm

Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

Researchers from Ohio State University examined throat tumor samples collected over twenty years up to 2004 and found a 56% increase in the number linked to the human papilloma virus (HPV). They said the increase in HPV-related cases is related to more sexual partners and greater exposure to HPV. HPV can cause infected cells to become pre-cancerous, and some of those cells can become cancerous. Usually there are no symptoms of HPV noticed by people infected by it. About 20 million Americans are believed to be infected currently and about half of sexually active adults eventually get the virus, but usually it doesn’t cause health problems. It can cause cervical cancer and anal cancer though. Throat cancers associated with HPV are increasing and by 2020 there might be 8,700 cases. Most of those will be in men. The number of HPV-related throat cancer cases in men is expected ...

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