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can you get mouth cancer from kissing

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, but . . .: Mouth cancer (oral cancer) is not transmitted by kissing. However, doctors believe that some throat cancers are caused by strains of HPV (human papill ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sami Latif
36 years experience Dentistry
Chewing tobacco: You can't get cancer from kissing a person who dips or chew tobacco.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Nimz
42 years experience Dentistry
No, doubtful: Smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol can lead to oral cancer. A recent study showed that over 90% of oral cancers were associated with combin ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Klugman
45 years experience Dentistry
Not cancer: I can't think of any science around kissing and cancer. There are diseases that can be transferred by saliva, Mononucleosis is just one of them.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes you could: Cold sores and other diseases could be transmitted from kissing.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Of course: By adult age, most people have the common oral herpes virus. The luckier ones don't get outbreaks on their lips, or only rarely get them. Kissing is a ... Read More
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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No you can't.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Forgive my frankness: You must stop smoking them. The documents from the tobacco settlement revealed how the companies spread rumors, ideas, and even junk science to sugges ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Murthy Andavolu
31 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: It does not cause oral cancer.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
You bet: Hpv is transmitted person to person by direct contact. If the person you are kissing has warts on their lips or in mouth the virus can be easily tran ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Ritz
45 years experience Dentistry
Not contagiously: Using smokeless tobacco has no effect on the contagious potential of "swapping saliva". If you mean by "sick' the feeling of nausea, that is another s ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
The really deep kind: Dry-kissing won't transmit it, but it's a fairly common infection in the throat and "kissing of more than filial intensity" can transmit it. If you ha ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Pierce
28 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: All of the above, can be the source of acquiring hsv1. However 90% of the population has hsv1 anyway.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Basically no: There's a rare nasopharyngeal carcinoma related to Epstein-Barr virus, the bug that causes infectious mono. This is no reason to forego kissing.
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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Doubtful: If the other person has an active infection, such as strep throat that is untreated, you might still get it. Hoep this helps!
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: Absolutely.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Upendra Parvathaneni
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: While chronic vocal injury may rarely contribute the most common cause is smoking. Besides, chronic vocal injury is a result of real abuse of voice an ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Unlikely: Chlamydia can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Leach
43 years experience Dentistry
Very likely: Soft tissue changes and recession or the movement of the gum down the root of the tooth are very common. The changes are considered by many to be pre ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Very doubtful: Chlamydia can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Noble
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: No.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Several diseases: Most well known is viral mononucleosis (kissing disease) another virus cytomegalovirus (cmv).Other microbes also spread through saliva and stick to s ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Calendine
33 years experience Dentistry
Burning tongue syndr: Certain fungal and yeast infections that cause patchy burning spots can result and are easily treated with the right meds.
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