Throat cancer from oral sex? Doctors reveal “epidemic” cause 2023


A British health specialist has revealed that, according to a study conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom, oral sex is the primary risk factor for a certain type of throat cancer that mostly affects the tonsils and the back of the throat.

Many medical professionals in the United Kingdom and the United States now refer to the rising incidence of throat cancer as a “epidemic.” Dr. Hisham Mehanna, a professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences at the University of Birmingham, conducted the study.

This study found that engaging in oral sex raised one’s risk of developing throat cancer even more than did smoking. Oropharyngeal carcinoma, often known as throat cancer, is caused by the same human papillomavirus (HPV) as is responsible for cervical cancer in females.

Since HPV is sexually transmitted, oral contact causes oropharyngeal cancer or throat cancer.

Doctors who took part in this study came to the conclusion that those who have more sexual partners in their lifetime and engage in oral sex with them have a higher risk of developing throat cancer. Those who have had six or more sexual partners in their lifetime are 8.5 times more likely to develop throat cancer.

The research demonstrates that while just a small percentage of UK individuals are diagnosed with throat cancer, 80% of all adults engage in oral sex, with some doing so to avoid conventional intercourse. This is because the majority of adults acquire protection against HPV over time.

Even though he smoked and drank, popular actor Michael Douglas said that oral sex was to blame for his diagnosis of throat cancer. Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society has documented a startling epidemic: 55,000 newly diagnosed cases of throat or oropharyngeal cancer, most likely brought on by oral sex.

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