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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

Get tested: If you have had unprotected oral sex, then there is a real possibility of a STD. You should definitely be tested. Don't worry about throat cancer which is extremely unlikely in a woman your age. It is most likely related to the sex, but even very rough oral sex should not cause soreness that lasts for 2 weeks. Get checked, get treatment if needed, feel safe, protect yourself in the future. ...Read more

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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read more

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Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

Does oral sex cause throat cancer? How to avoid that?

In a word... yes: Oral sex can lead to throat cancer, does this by infection with HPV (Human papillomavirus). There are only a couple of strains that do this, however, and it is fairly rare. Best way to protect against it is not to have oral sex with multiple partners - this increases your risk of coming into contact with the "right" strain and causing throat cancer. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Yes - oral/oral: Epidemiology study showed that open-mouth kissing is also associated with acquired oral HPV infection (Sex Transm Dis. 2012: 39(7):559). The risk increases among smokers or persons with multiple partners. Among all the infections, only small percentage of HPV strains are oncogenic (causing cancers). ...Read more

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Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Not exactly too much: If your partner has hpv (genital warts) there is an increase in your general risk for throat cancer. Things like smoking and alcohol can make this worse. ...Read more

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Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Possibly: Hpv, also known as human papilloma virus can cause genital warts. If you give oral sex to a penis that has the hpv infection, it is possible to get oral or throat cancer. Fortunately, saliva can help prevent the transmission of the virus, but saliva is by no means a perfect barrier. You need to be careful. ...Read more

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Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Possible: If you consider transmission of human papilloma virus which studies have linked to cancer. If your partner has hpv, consult with your physician regarding risks. Smoking, excessive drinking, exposure to asbestos and hpv are all causes of throat cancer. ...Read more

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Can you only get throat cancer hpv from oral sex or could it be from just normal sex?

Can you only get throat cancer hpv from oral sex or could it be from just normal sex?

Oral sex: HPV is transmitted sexually for the most part. The virus tends to locate in the mucosal layer of the foreskin of the penis. For here it is transmitted to the vagina where it can be passed to another male or with oral sex the virus is then relocated to the oral cavity where it can reduce the oral form of HPV squamous Ca. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

The throat is a complicated area and is divided into several different areas including the vocal cords, the larynx, the glottis and supra-glottic areas. The cancers in these areas are usually of the squamous cell variety. The distinctions are important as they help to determine the ...Read more


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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more