A doctor claims that oral s** is fueling a ‘epidemic’ of throat malignancies in the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to Dr. Hisham Mehanna of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, human papillomavirus (HPV) causes 70% of instances of throat cancer. HPV is a generally innocuous virus that is spread sexually and has been related to several types of cancer.
According to Dr. Mehanna, those who have several oral s** partners have a nine-fold greater risk of throat cancer. ‘Over the last two decades, there has been a fast growth in throat cancer in the west, to the point where some have dubbed it an epidemic,’ he wrote in The Conversation.
‘This has been due to a large rise in a specific type of throat cancer called oropharyngeal cancer.’
The most frequent type of throat cancer is oropharyngeal cancer. It manifests itself in the tonsils and the back of the throat.
Doctors believe that HPV infection is the most significant risk factor for acquiring the condition.
‘HPV is sexually transmitted,’ Dr. Mehanna continued. The number of lifetime sexual partners, particularly oral s**, is the greatest risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer.
‘Those with six or more lifetime oral-s** partners are 8.5 times more likely to develop oropharyngeal cancer than those who do not practice oral s**.’
Each year, more than 50,000 cases of oral or oropharyngeal cancer are detected in the United States, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths.
According to the American Cancer Society, the number of cases is increasing at a rate of 1.3 percent per year in women and 2.8 percent in males.
Oral s**, according to doctors, is the greatest risk factor for them, surpassing smoking, alcohol consumption, and an unhealthy diet.
This is due to the fact that the acts can result in an HPV infection in the back of the throat or near the tonsil.
In most cases, these infections resolve on their own, but they can occasionally remain and cause malignancy.
According to NYU Langone researchers, HPV infections cause up to 70% of throat cancer occurrences.
Head and neck cancers account for over 12,000 cases and 4,000 fatalities in the United Kingdom each year.
HPV is a virus that is commonly transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral s** with someone who is already infected.
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