Study shows engaging in Oral Sex can lead to Throat Cancer

Do you have an active sex life? Or are you a sucker for oral sex (pun intended)? If yes, you might want to lock your eyes on this article. 

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In a piece published in The Conversation, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that those who have six or more oral-sex partners in their lifetimes are more prone to developing throat cancer, particularly oropharyngeal cancer.

Oropharyngeal cancer is sweeping the West with its extensive increase. Oropharyngeal cancer affects the area of the tonsils and the back of a person’s throat. Moreover, this kind of throat cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted. 

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According to the study by Hisham Mehanna, about 1,000 in the UK undergo tonsillectomy for non-cancer-related reasons, and most of them engage in oral sex. However, not all of these people develop oropharyngeal cancer. 

There is a theory that says most people catch HPV but are able to clear it out through and through. Unfortunately, a small population cannot thoroughly flush out the infection, possibly because of an abnormality in the immune system. There is a possibility that the virus will continue to replicate and combine with the person’s DNA which turns cells cancerous.

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