The results of this study are hard to swallow.
According to new research conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of oral sex-related throat cancers is growing.
Most men would agree that oral is one of the greatest pleasures of intimacy. Blowjobs feel incredible, help men climax and often strengthen relationships. Although there are many benefits, oral sex is far from risk-free. In actuality, it’s one of the most common ways to spread sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).
Moreover, with HPV, depending on the strain, your risk of oropharynx (throat) cancer increases substantially. Researchers discovered that the number of new cases of HPV-linked throat cancer is on the rise. Before 1990, they detected HPV in only 21 percent of participants with throat cancer. After 2000, 65 percent of participants with throat cancer tested positive for HPV.
“We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg of this problem, and it’s a public health crisis,” explains Ted Teknos, M.D., chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Teknos asserts that diagnoses of HPV-related throat cancers grew 300 percent from the 1980s to the 2000s.
“We’re seeing the effects now, but it’s going to be much more common in the coming years and decades,” he continued.
What are the symptoms of throat cancer?
In its early stages, HPV-related throat cancer is practically symptomless. When the disease advances, a painless lump often forms on the neck.“It’s usually right where you get swollen glands from tonsillitis, the upper part of the neck right next to your voice box region,” explains Dr. Teknos.
Other manifestations include variations in voice, a sore throat and trouble swallowing.
How can you reduce your risk of HPV-related throat cancer?
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In addition to wearing condoms, you could also get the HPV vaccine, which can help protect you from the cancer-causing strains. “There’s only about 1 percent of cancers that have been identified due to strains that may or may not be included in the vaccine, so it’s 99 percent preventable with vaccination—but the key is, you need to vaccinate yourself before you’re exposed,” says Dr. Teknos.
If you’re concerned about your exposure to HPV, talk to your primary care physician.
H/T: Men’s Health