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Oral sex linked to cancer risk
Feb 22nd, 2011 - 07:50:19
Source: Mail and Guardian Online
AUTHOR: Kerry Sheridan
Fellow Advocate, how are you doing?
If you must remember an article dated 17th of November 2010 where i
post "Oral Sex often a prelude to intercourse for teens"
(http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A14WZ20101102 ), i believe
this is an outcome of what it cause and you should be interested in
reading the article below.
In the United States, oral cancer due to HPV infection is now more
common than oral cancer from tobacco use, which remains the leading
cause of such cancers in the rest of the world.
Researchers have found a 225% increase in oral cancer cases in the
United States from 1974 to 2007, mainly among white men, said Maura
Gillison of Ohio State University.
"When you compare people who have an oral infection or not ... the
single greatest factor is the number of partners on whom the person
has performed oral sex," said Gillison, who has been researching HPV
and cancer for 15 years.
"When the number of partners increases, the risk increases," she told
reporters at the American Association for the Advancement of Science
meeting in Washington.
Previous studies have suggested that people who have performed oral
sex on six or more partners over a lifetime face an eight-fold higher
risk of acquiring HPV-related head or neck cancer than those with
fewer than six partners, she said.
But even though the link between HPV and cervical cancer has been well
known for many years, and vaccines now exist to provide some
protection, much study remains to be done to confirm observational
links and establish causes, Gillison said.
"The cervical cancer field is 20 years ahead," she said.
"We can't demonstrate definitively that certain behaviors are
associated with risk of acquiring an infection," she said.
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Yours' in Prevention Science
Adeyemo Damilare Gabriel
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Regional Focal Point - West Africa
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