Oral Sex Causing Increased Cancer Rate in US
(NY Daily News) ~ Oral sex could be hazardous to your health, according to the latest research.
Scientists have recently pointed out that oral cancer stemming from the human papilloma virus is now more common than oral cancer caused by tobacco use. Ohio State University cancer researcher Maura Gillison said they found a 225% increase in oral cancer cases in the U.S. from 1974 to 2007, mainly among white men. The more oral-sex partners a man had, the greater his cancer risk, Gillison told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For the rest of the world, tobacco use remains as the leading cause for oral cancer.
There as many as 150 different types of human papilloma viruses and about 40 of those can be sexually transmitted, according to the National Cancer Institute. HPV infections can often go undetected, and are the main cause of cervical cancer in women. Scientists are examining whether Gardasil and Cervarix, the HPV vaccines approved to prevent genital warts and cervical cancer, could have a significant impact on oral cancer. In the meantime, researchers are urging doctors and educators to start talking to teens in particular about the risks of oral sex.
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