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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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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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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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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Does oral sex cause mouth cancer?

Does oral sex cause mouth cancer?

Not directly: Oral sex can expose you to the human papilloma virus (hpv) which can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. ...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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Can oral sex cause strep throat?

Can oral sex cause strep throat?

Rarely: Other stds are much more likely. Strep (group a) can cause vaginitis or perianal infections sometimes, so transfer to throat is possible. ...Read more

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Can anyone explainhpv as it relates to oral sex, oral, throat & anal cancer? If you have oral sex with someone with HPV does HPV linger in your mouth?

Can anyone explainhpv as it relates to oral sex, oral, throat & anal cancer? If you have oral sex with someone with HPV does HPV linger in your mouth?

HPV is a virus: Hpv is a virus (human papilloma virus). Some strains of this virus can cause warts/papillomas and others are at higher risk for causing certain cancers. It is transmitted by intimate contact. Exposure does not necessarily mean you will become infected. ...Read more

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Oral sex or lips kiss can be the cause of aids ?

Oral sex or lips kiss can be the cause of aids ?

HIV is hard to get: I am sure you are smarter than that. We are 35 years into an epidemic that is ongoing. Hiv is caught with blood to blood or semen to blood direct exposure. Hiv is not caught with casual contact. Ever. There is no conspiracy to trick people about these very serious problems. There is reason to claim ignorance. Not when there is so much information available. Please be kind to those who are ill. ...Read more

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Can rough oral sex cause a sore throat?

Can rough oral sex cause a sore throat?

Yes: It will give you infections......Gonococcos, chlamydia, shyphilis, hpv, herpes ........Which can present as sore throat. Mechanical injury and sperm allergy also possible. ...Read more

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How can vaginal oral sex cause cancer and how can one avoid it?

HPV: The hpv virus that causes genital warts is linked to cervical cancer and some head & neck cancers as well. Avoiding oral sex, using a dental dam, and the hpv vaccine are some ways to decrease your risk. ...Read more

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Oral sex can cause infection what type of infection?

Oral sex can cause infection what type of infection?

Some STDs, not all: The most common STDs transmitted by oral sex are gonorrhea, nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), and herpes due to type 1 HSV. Chlamydia, HSV2, and human papillomavirus are possible but uncommon. There is little or no risk for HIV. But actual risk depends a lot on whether you mean fellatio (oral-penile contact) or cunnilingus (oral-vaginal). And the risks are different for the giver and receiver. ...Read more

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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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What stis in your mouth could appear like oral cancer?

What stis in your mouth could appear like oral cancer?

Not enough evidence: There is not enough evidence to suggest that using mouthwash that contains alcohol will increase the risk of mouth cancer. The most important risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and drinking more than three drinks a day. ...Read more

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What does oral HPV infection look like? Does oral HPV cause bumps in the mouth?

No symptoms: You can have oral HPV without any signs/symptoms at all. There is no reliable test for it. Your best bet is to get the vaccine (gardasil) and limit (if not eliminate) your exposure. Condoms and dental dams help but are generally thought to be ineffective. ...Read more

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What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

Low: You have not provided much information. Age, use of tobacco and alcohol, oral hygiene, hpv infection, oral plaques or ulcers, any mass or lump? If you do not use tobacco or drink, the risk of oral or throat cancer is very low. ...Read more

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Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Yes: It is possible for anyone to get anything. This risk of this happning is extremly small, but it is possible. ...Read more

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Can performing oral sex on a guy that is infected with chlamydia cause sore throat and blisters inside throat?

Can performing oral sex on a guy that is infected with chlamydia cause sore throat and blisters inside throat?

Unlikely: The symptoms you described fit more to herpes infection rather than chlamydia. Checking with your primary care doctor will be appropriate. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

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


Throat Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the ...Read more