Rise of throat cancer in men linked to oral sex

Rise of Throat Cancer in Men Linked to Oral Sex

According to a recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology, oral sex may overtake cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption as the main causes of throat cancer in men. So the next time your partner asks you to go down on her, just say: “Honey, it’s far too risky.”

Researchers revealed that over the last two decades, there has been a significant rise in cases of throat cancer linked directly to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. The virus is best known for causing cervical cancer, but Dr. Maura Gillison, an oncologist at Ohio State University, said: “The burden of cancer caused by HPV is going to shift from women to men in this decade. What we believe is happening is that the number of sexual partners and exposure to HPV has risen over that same time period.”

Around 20 million people in the United States have genital HPV infections. The Oral Cancer Foundation says close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, that’s why the medical community encourages everyone to get vaccination for HPV.