Throat Cancer and HPV
Oral sex causes throat cancer
HPV virus can be passed on
It’s official, oral sex is bad for you. New research shows that a virus contracted through oral sex is the cause of some throat cancers, according to a new study by US scientists.
TheHPV infection, which is passed on throughsexual contact, was found to be a much stronger risk factor than tobacco or alcohol use and nine times higher in people who reportedoral sexwith more than six partners.
HPV infection is the cause of the majority ofcervical cancers, and80% of sexually active womencan expect to have an HPV infection at some point in their lives.
Dr Gypsyamber D’Souza, of John Hopkins University who carried out the study took blood and saliva from 100 men and women newly diagnosed withoropharyngeal cancerwhich affects the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue and asked patients about their sex practices and other risk factors for the disease, such as family history.
Those who had evidence of prior oral HPV infection had a 32-fold increased risk of throat cancer while the infection was present in the tumours of 72% of cancer patients in the study.
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