Oral Sex Raises Risk Of Oropharyngeal Cancer By 22 Times

Oral Sex Raises Risk Of Oropharyngeal Cancer By 22 Times

Performing oral sex dramatically raises your risk of developing throat, neck and head cancers, a new study has claimed.

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A study of more than 96,000 people conducted by Dr. Ilir Agalliu and colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York has found that about 70% of all head and neck cancers come from human papillomavirus (HPV).

At the beginning of the experiment the participants took a mouthwash test for oral HPV infection to prove they are cancer-free. Four years later their mouthwash samples were compared with the samples of 396 healthy people.

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And it turned out that people with HPV-16, which is typically transmitted during intercourse or oral sex, were 22 times more likely to develop oropharyngeal cancer than were those with no detectable trace of the virus HPV-16 in their samples.

Moreover, 132 of the participants with HPV -16 had developed some form of head and neck cancer. Actually, HPV itself doesn’t cause cancer, but certain strains do, causing fatal changes in the cells of the throat and mouth.

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Around 15 strains can cause cervical cancer but HPV- 16 and HPV- 18 are the most dangerous.They are passed through sexual contact and are believed to beat cervical cancer as the main cancer caused by HPV by 2020.

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