According to a study, people with ten or more oral sex partners have four times the risk of developing HPV-related mouth and throat cancer
- HPV infection of the mouth and throat can lead to oropharyngeal cancer
- Researchers from the United States asked 508 people about their health and sexual habits
- People with 10 oral sex partners are 4.3 times more likely to develop throat cancer
- The risk is also increased by sex outside of marriage, the experts warned
According to one study, having oral sex at a young age increases the risk of developing mouth and throat cancer-related human papillomavirus (HPV) -related cancer.
Researchers from the United States interviewed more than 500 people about their sexual practices – including 163 people with something called oropharyngeal cancer.
The oropharynx is the name given to the middle part of the throat behind the mouth and includes the back third of the tongue, tonsils, and the soft palate.
The team found that 10 or more oral sex partners increased the risk of oropharyngeal cancer by 4.3 times.
The work builds on previous studies that have linked oral sex to HPV-related cancer – caused by the virus that infects the mouth and throat.
Experts have previously warned that men are up to four times more likely to get HPV-related cancers from oral sex than women.
According to one study, having oral sex at a young age increases the risk of developing mouth and throat cancer-related human papillomavirus (HPV)
"It is not just the number of oral sexual partners, but also other factors, previously unrecognized, that contribute to the risk of oral exposure to HPV and subsequent HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer," said paper author Virginia Drake.
"As the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer continues to grow in the US, our study provides a timely assessment of risk factors for the disease," added the Otolaryngologist at Johns Hopkins University.
We discovered additional nuances on how and why some people may develop this cancer to help identify those who are at higher risk. & # 39;
In their study, Dr. Drake and colleagues reported 508 people – including 163 with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer – about their oral sex behavior.
The team found that 10 or more oral sex partners were linked to a 4.3-fold increase in the likelihood of developing HPV-related mouth or throat cancer.
In addition, a higher risk of cancer was also associated with performing oral sex with many different partners in a short period of time, as well as having oral sex at a younger age.
In addition to the role that timing and frequency of oral sex play, the team also found that people with older sexual partners were at higher risk for HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in their teens.
Similarly, people who have sex outside of marriage have been found to have a higher risk of cancer.
The full results of the study were published in the journal Cancer.
WHAT IS ORAL CANCER?
Oral cancer, also known as oral cancer, is where a tumor develops in the lining of the mouth.
It can be on the surface of the tongue, the insides of the cheeks, the roof of the mouth (roof of the mouth), or the lips or gums.
Tumors can also develop in the glands that produce saliva, in the tonsils at the back of your mouth, and in the part of the throat that connects your mouth to your windpipe (pharynx). However, these are less common.
Oral cancer symptoms include:
- sore mouth sores that don't heal within a few weeks
- unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth that will not go away
- unexplained, persistent lumps on the neck that will not go away
- unexplained looseness of teeth or sockets that do not heal after extractions
- unexplained, persistent numbness or strange feeling on the lip or tongue
- sometimes white or red spots on the lining of the mouth or tongue – these can be early signs of cancer so they should be examined as well
- Changes in language, like a lisp
Contact your doctor or dentist if these symptoms do not resolve within three weeks, especially if you drink or smoke heavily.
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