This electron micrograph shows a negatively stained human papilloma virus, or HPV, in human warts. The good: Vaccination rates for HPV are increasing year by year, with a little more than 50 percent of young people fully vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended for all teens or children before their first sexual experience. The report called for more vaccination, which blocks the spread of the virus, and more research on oropharyngeal cancer. Most health experts agreed. Rates of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer have been rising slowly but steadily for years and are believed to be related to changing sexual behavior and more people enjoying oral sex.
Oral Sex Can Add to HPV Cancer Risk
Good and Bad News About HPV
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Oral sex is often the first of many forays into sexual intimacy we experience as fumbling teenagers. And for many couples, it remains an important — and enjoyable — part of their sexual repertoire. But can it cause cancer? Michael Douglas has bravely declared that cunnilingus was the cause of his throat cancer.
Largest oral HPV study in England shows infection rates lower than expected
In the 17 years from through , the mouth and throat replaced the cervix as the most common site of cancer associated with human papillomavirus HPV infection in the United States, with far more oropharyngeal cancer cases in men than in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. The rate of cervical cancer dropped by 1. The agency said sexual behavior may have contributed to the increase in oropharyngeal cancer.
Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago. Within days, he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer caused by a virus that he probably caught while in college, decades before. Mendelsohn, now 48, is the classic victim of head and neck cancer caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus.