Is Oral Sex Giving You Cancer?

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We hate to harsh your day, but we’ve got some serious boner-killing news on our hands here. All that oral sex you young folks are so fond of? It’s killing you.

HPV, the nasty little Human Papillomavirus that we already know is linked in a major way to cervical and anal cancers, is wreaking havoc on tongues, mouths and throats now. While neck and throat cancers for the greater population as whole are on the decline, the numbers are way up for young sexually active people.

Dr. William Lydiatt, professor and chief of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha weighed in on the subject:

“It’s gotten to the point now where 60 to 70 percent of all tonsil cancers in the U.S. are HPV-related” Although the link between HPV and these types of cancers is indisputable, the association with oral sex is strong but a little more speculative, experts say.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that younger people with head and neck cancers who tested positive for oral HPV infection were more likely to have had multiple vaginal and oral sex partners in their lifetime.

In the study, having six or more oral sex partners over a lifetime was associated with a 3.4 times higher risk for oropharyngeal cancer – cancers of the base of the tongue, back of the throat or tonsils. Having 26 or more vaginal-sex partners tripled the risk. And the association increased as the number of partners – in either category – increased.

The researchers also reported that cancers of the tonsil and base of the tongue have been increasing every year since 1973, and wrote that “widespread oral sex practices among adolescents may be a contributing factor in this increase.” The researchers concluded that in their study, oral sex was “strongly associated” with oropharyngeal cancer, but noted that they could not “rule out transmission through direct mouth-to-mouth contact” such as French kissing.

Ruh-roh. Boys and girls, get tested! Often! Mouth cancer doesn’t look sexy on ANYONE. And for goodness sake, don’t be afraid to skip the beej every now and then, and just get to know one another through actual conversation. And no, the language of love doesn’t count. This is scary!

Will the threat of mouth cancer force you to switch to chewing gum?

Via AZCentral

  • Fail. Oral sex isn’t causing cancer, a disease is being passed thru oral sex. Don’t use fear tactics to advertise your article, it spreads stupidity.

  • may as well have titled the article “french kissing is killing you!”, since they can’t rule out mouth-to-mouth contact as a prominent transmission vehicle.

  • Anonymous

    well why is it written that swallowing is good for you, that there is protein in semen/sperm – well i guess if your going to die may as well die happy

  • CindyLieuWho

    well why is it written that swallowing is good for you, that there is protein in semen/sperm – well i guess if your going to die may as well die happy

  • Anonymous

    Anybody ever tell you that living is going to kill you? Add one more fear to the lot.

    As Emilyn points out this ‘scientific’ article traffics in dice-y science and lousy logic.

  • blurider

    Anybody ever tell you that living is going to kill you? Add one more fear to the lot.

    As Emilyn points out this ‘scientific’ article traffics in dice-y science and lousy logic.

  • Are mouth cancers always terminal?

  • Scientific sidenote: Correlation is NOT causation.

    I find it HIGHLY unlikely that throat cancer is potentially caused by fellatio, and I’m clearly not the only one.

  • Scientific sidenote: Correlation is NOT causation.

    I find it HIGHLY unlikely that throat cancer is potentially caused by fellatio, and I’m clearly not the only one.

  • As with any cancer, it can be terminal if left unchecked, but can be treated if caught early enough.

  • As with any cancer, it can be terminal if left unchecked, but can be treated if caught early enough.

  • Emilyn

    Fail. Oral sex isn’t causing cancer, a disease is being passed thru oral sex. Don’t use fear tactics to advertise your article, it spreads stupidity.

  • Noelle Westbrook

    may as well have titled the article “french kissing is killing you!”, since they can’t rule out mouth-to-mouth contact as a prominent transmission vehicle.

  • Anonymous

    correlation is not causation, but I really don’t want hpv infecting mouth in the first place. Nice to feel validated about my preference for monogamy.

  • myk5

    correlation is not causation, but I really don’t want hpv infecting mouth in the first place. Nice to feel validated about my preference for monogamy.

  • David Neale

    Are mouth cancers always terminal?

  • I think you meant ‘fond of’ in the first paragraph. Not ‘found of’.

    Either way, I’m also going to be one of the ones casting doubt on this… unless the person’s dick you’re sucking is radioactive, I don’t quite get how you would get cancer from oral sex.

  • I think you meant ‘fond of’ in the first paragraph. Not ‘found of’.

    Either way, I’m also going to be one of the ones casting doubt on this… unless the person’s dick you’re sucking is radioactive, I don’t quite get how you would get cancer from oral sex.

  • Don’t focus on the supposed fear tactic. Focus on the things that are true. Like the fact that sexually active people should be careful with who they’re screwing around with oral, anal, or vaginal. HPV is serious. I do however agree that this piece should have been worded with more thought. Especially when throwing around scientific and medical terms and “proofs”. People eat that shit up and then spit it out when it’s been proven wrong or has doubt attached to it.

  • Don’t focus on the supposed fear tactic. Focus on the things that are true. Like the fact that sexually active people should be careful with who they’re screwing around with oral, anal, or vaginal. HPV is serious. I do however agree that this piece should have been worded with more thought. Especially when throwing around scientific and medical terms and “proofs”. People eat that shit up and then spit it out when it’s been proven wrong or has doubt attached to it.

  • TC Wilson

    Oh this is lovely. As someone who had HPV a few years ago, I have told both that I will never be rid of the virus and that it runs its course and goes away. I am now married and it’s highly possible that my husband carries the virus because of me. So, I could be potentially giving myself cancer? Isn’t that just peachy?