Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

In 2010, Micheal Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer.

In 2010, Micheal Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer.

In 2010, actor Michael Douglas underwent two months of chemotherapy and radiation, as he battled throat cancer. Douglas is now currently in remission.  This longtime smoker and drinker was recently asked if he regretted his drinking and smoking, in light of his battle with cancer.His answer? No, because his cancer wasn’t due to these lifestyle habits.  Instead, Douglas reported his throat cancer was from…

Oral sex.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease.

HPV, Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

According to the CDC, the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers.

“This is no surprise to anybody who studies infectious diseases,” notes Dr. Marc Siegel, an associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. “There is a big increase in HPV-related cancers, and one of the main ones, if not the main one, is throat cancer.”

Of course, the number of HPV incidences are on the rise. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, it is estimated 16 million Americans have had oral HPV, which is approximately 7 percent of the country.

Transmitted by cunnilingus, the 2013 “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer” found:

  • Approximately 13,000 new cases of throat (oropharyngeal) cancer in both men and women linked to HPV in 2009 (the last year of available data).
  • More than 10,500 of these cases were found in men.
  • More than 60 percent of oropharyngeal cancers are caused by HPV, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • HPV-related throat cancers are now more common in men than cervical cancer in women (also caused by HPV).
Future generations may be better protected against HPV, thanks to recent vaccines.

Future generations may be better protected against HPV, thanks to recent vaccines.

What Can You Do?

Ninety percent of people infected with HPV will clear the infection from their bodies within a year. However, approximately 10 percent will develop the chronic disease. These 10 percent are at a greater risk for cancer.

  • Future generations may be better protected against the disease, thanks to recent HPV vaccines given to young people between the ages of 11 and 21 (for males)/26 (for femails), which should decrease the prevalence of the disease.
  • If you’re a sexually active adult, some data suggests smoking and drinking increases your chance of developing HPV-related throat cancer.
  • Pay attention to your body signals. If you have a sore throat for an extended period of time, get checked out! Early detection and treatment has a very high rate of success of being treated.

Reference:

“Annual Report the Nation on the Status of Cancer.” – http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/01/03/jnci.djs491.full

One thought on “Oral Sex and Throat Cancer

  1. But I like to eat pussy 🙁
    Meh, what a bunch of crap. Why in the world is there no vaccine for older men yet?