Men Who Give Lots of Oral May Be at Higher Risk for Cancer

Men, oral sex and research

A new study says if you give head too much you might end up with head or neck cancer as a result.

The new research study appeared in the Annals of Oncology (please note our strength as we mainly resisted from making a pun there). Through the study it was found that men who have multiple oral sex partners had a higher risk of getting neck and head cancer at some point in their lives.

That said, there is more specifics to go with that vague and threatening statement. The people most at risk are smokers who have more than five oral sex partners. It’s triggered by exposure to the human papilloma virus also known as HPV.

Even more specifically, the percentage of men who will get throat cancer (or oropharyngeal cancer) is only at about 0.7%.

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If you think that sounds like nothing, well you’d mostly be right. That said, the risk is much lower for women, people who don’t smoke, and people who don’t have oral sex with more than five or so people. So, it might seem like a miniscule number but its still a number you should be aware of.

Amber D’Souza, is a John Hopkins associate professor who co-authored the study, and in response to the study she said:

“For these reasons, it would be useful to be able to identify healthy people who are most at risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer in order to inform potential screening strategies, if effective screening tests could be developed.”

“Most people perform oral sex in their lives, and we found that oral infection with cancer-causing HPV was rare among women regardless of how many oral sex partners they had. Among men who did not smoke, cancer-causing oral HPV was rare among everyone who had less than five oral-sex partners, although the chances of having oral HPV infection did increase with number of oral sexual partners, and with smoking,” she continued.

h/t: Instinct Magazine