Throat Cancer Increasingly Associated with Oral Sex

Throat Cancer Increasingly Associated with Oral SexReports have affirmed that of the 6,000 throat cancers cases discovered annually, 25-35% are linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) and are mostly found among heterosexual men.

There are 15 types of HPV that are transmitted sexually and are linked to cancer risk including oral, cervical, vaginal, anal or penile. NHS has found that oral sex is increasingly associated with the disease in wake of HPV transmission to mouth and throat.

The risk is greatly associated with men giving oral sex to women or women giving it to the men. Data suggests that 90% of the sexually active people are exposed to HPV by the time they are 25 years of age. It emerged that 70% of the throat and oral cancers linked to HPV are found among the people who don't smoke or drink.

The HPV virus is the cause of cervical cancer in women. It can easily be transmitted during sex through direct skin-to-skin contact. Transmission of this virus while having oral sex can lead to throat cancer in both men and women.

Doctors say that the oral cancers caused by HPV virus comparatively respond better to the treatment that those caused by smoking and drinking. The Australian health authorities are now offering protection against the virus to school boys through shots.