Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oh Really?: Increase in Head and Neck Cancers Tied to Oral Sex

Well, there goes the neighborhood....but then again on 2nd thought, according to todays medicine everything causes something but the only true test will be the test of time because I work in a cancer center and trust me 95% of the patients I see sitting in the waiting rms don't look they're there because as a youth they were infatuated with dick sucking or giving head. But now I will admit oral sex is probably a young girls game so if someone is over 50 and they are still rocking the mic then salute or shall I say according to this new study 'best wishes to you!'.

Experts believe it’s triggered by the human papillomavirus – which can be transmitted through oral sex, Health Day News reported.

“It seems like a pretty good link that more sexual activity, particularly oral sex, is associated with increased HPV infection,” said Dr. Greg Hartig, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

According to another doctor, Dr. William Lydiatt, professor of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the incidence of other neck cancers are decreasing because fewer people are smoking and drinking, which are traditionally risk factors.

“It’s gotten to the point now where 60 to 70 percent of all tonsil cancers in the U.S. are HPV-related,” Lydiatt said.

A study appearing in a 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that those people who had six or more oral sex partners in their life had a risk 3.4 times higher for oropharyngeal cancer.

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