But there's growing evidence that an increasing proportion of cancer is caused by HPV infection in the mouth.
Lotharios who smoke and go down on their girlfriends are more likely to get a rare mouth and throat cancer. Smokers who have had more than five sexual partners are at greater risk of getting the cancer triggered by the human papilloma virus.
But scientists reassure that only 0. The risk was much lower among women, those who did not smoke, and those who had fewer than five oral sex partners in their lifetimes.
An estimated eight out of 10 people will be infected with the HPV virus at some point in their lives. There are hundreds of different types of HPV and while most are harmless, around 12 can cause cancer.
It is transmitted to the mouth and throat mostly by performing oral sex and appears to cause about 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers appear at the back of the throat, base of the tongue, or tonsils. HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers approximately tripled in British men and doubled in British women between and Yet the number of cases of oropharyngeal cancer is predicted to overtake cervical cancer byUS scientists warned.
It used the numbers of oropharyngeal cancer cases and deaths to predict the risk of cancer from oral HPV infection. Oral infections with the dozen HPV types known to cause oropharyngeal cancer, especially HPV16, were present at low prevalence in every defined group in the study.
Women ages 20 to 69, for example, had a frequency of infection of just over 1 percent, compared to 6 percent for men ages 20 to Men ages 50 to 59 were most likely to have an infection at 8. Oral sex was clearly associated with a higher prevalence of infection, although the highest infection prevalence was seen only among men.
Women with 10 or more lifetime oral sex partners had a relatively low, 3. Prevalence of infection for those reporting zero or one lifetime oral sex partner was consistently low, between 0 and 2. Smoking also was associated with higher oral HPV prevalence. Co-author associate professor Dr.
Presently, these tests are not commercially available, and are still in research labs only. The incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer is around 6.Jun 04, · Michael Douglas believes that his throat cancer was caused by an infection from oral sex.
Credit Luca Bruno/Associated Press. Throat cancers caused by HPV are easier to treat than those caused by tobacco, doctors say. Rates of these cancers are increasing but are still fairly uncommon, striking about 3 in , people. What Is Throat Cancer?
Throat cancer, officially known as oropharyngeal cancer, is more than twice as common in men than women, according to the American Cancer Society. It specifically affects your tonsils and the base, or the . Jul 01, · Last month, actor Michael Douglas gave a frank interview in which he revealed that human papillomavirus (HPV) caused his throat cancer.
And, he continued, he got the virus from performing oral sex — specifically, cunnilingus (oral contact with female genitalia). Oral sex dramatically increases the risk of throat cancer, a new study has found (file photo) Oral sex dramatically increases the risk of head and neck cancers, a .
Human papillomavirus infection is an infection by human papillomavirus (HPV). Most HPV infections cause no symptoms and resolve spontaneously. In some people, an HPV infection persists and results in warts or precancerous lesions. The precancerous lesions increase the risk of cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth, or throat.
Nearly all cervical cancer is due to HPV with two. The No. 1 risk in contracting oral HPV and developing HPV-related throat cancer is having multiple oral sex partners, Dr. Prendes says.