Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oral Sex Is Sex and Can Lead to Cancer

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CORRECTION : And HE yells at me for sucking my thumb!

Cancers of the mouth and oropharynx - the top of the throat - used to be mainly diagnosed in older men who drink or smoke.

A virus spread during oral sex is now the main cause of throat cancer in younger men., scientists have warned.

If you consider oral sex to be casual, socially acceptable, inconsequential, and significantly less risky to their health than "real" sex, think again.

Prof Maura Gillison of Ohio State University in Columbus warned that oral sex, like any unprotected sex, can result in transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as human papilloma virus (HPV).

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, HPV is conclusively implicated in the increasing incidence of young nonsmoking oral cancer patients.

HPV is the same virus identified as the causative agent in more than 90 percent of all cervical cancers. Based on recent data, it appears that in people under the age of 50, HPV-associated oral cancers may even be replacing tobacco as the primary causative agent in the initiation of the disease process.


American Association for the Advancement of Science news release of February 20, 2011

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