Oral Sex Leading to Tonsil Cancer Increase?

6 04 2009

I ran across a little story in the USAToday that says that the incidence of tonsil cancer has basically tripled over a period of time that saw smoking decrease. It appears that a possible reason for this is the transmission of HPV (human papillomavirus). I would suggest that you have your doctor look at your tonsils on your next visit as this particular type of is nasty and usually goes undetected until it has spread.  Little or no symptoms it seems.

Her research has directly linked the increase in tonsil cancers to the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are more than 100 different types of HPV, some of which cause cancer. One, for example, is responsible for 99.7% of all cervical cancers.

The study found that patients with HPV in their mouths are much more likely to get tonsil cancer than patients who don’t have it. In fact for patients who are HPV-positive, the rate of tonsil cancer has gone up seven times since the ’70s, Dalianis says. It takes between 20 and 30 years for an HPV infection to result in cancer, so the people getting sick now were infected in the ’70s and ’80s.

I really suggest you check this article out.


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