Oral sex can increase the risk of throat cancer according to studies

According to the Cancer Foundation, infections with the virus of the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been increasing for several years.

It is well known that having sex is risky if regular checkups are not scheduled. More importantly, knowledge about sexually transmitted diseases allows for a better understanding of the mechanisms of contamination, and even for protection.

Throat cancers on the rise

Among its many studies, the Foundation against Cancer examined the link between disease and sexual relations. A report states that oral sex can lead to the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the throat. If chronically infected, this can lead to the development of throat cancer.

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Throat cancers on the rise kaisersosa67 GETTY_IMAGES

On its website, the Foundation details 641 cases of cancer of the oropharynx, i.e. the part behind the oral cavity. A figure that is actually increasing. This tumour generally takes the form of a swollen lymph node in the neck and develops mainly in the tonsils.

Vaccination provides 70% protection

Despite this, the Foundation still considers alcohol and tobacco to be the main causes of throat cancer. However, infections linked to the human papillomavirus are taken seriously. Especially since this virus can cause other types of cancer, such as uterine cancer.

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Vaccination provides 70% protection Ariel Skelley GETTY_IMAGES

To combat HPV, the health system has introduced vaccination for girls aged 12 to 18. Currently, the injections protect against about 70% of human papillomavirus strains. There is now a debate about whether or not to open up vaccination to young boys. The problem is that scientists have not yet been able to prove that this method is effective against these diseases, including throat cancer.

This article was translated from Oh!MyMag FR.

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