Need a damn good excuse to revoke your membership from the muff diving scuba club? A recent study says HPV spread through oral sex is now now the main cause of throat cancer in people under 50. This isn't the first time researchers have voiced concerned about rising rates of oral cancer in men contracted from HPV. So... All the cunning linguists out there might want to think twice before eating the tuna taco of a women you just met in the porty-potty line at a music festival. Some doctors are even calling for men to start getting vaccinations from the virus. The good news: Take a seat at the back of the bus, liquor and Red Man! Details below via The Daily Mail.
Prof Maura Gillison of Ohio State University in Columbus said the sexually transmitted HPV was a bigger cause of some oral cancers than tobacco. She said: 'We don’t know from strict scientific evidence whether the vaccine will protect from oral HPV infections that lead to cancer. Those of us in the field are optimistic it will – the vaccines in every anatomical site looked at so far have been shown to be extraordinarily effective, about 90 per cent effective, at preventing infections. When one of my patients asks whether or not they sound vaccinate their sons, I say certainly.'
Doctors are increasingly concerned that the sexually transmitted virus is behind a rise in cancer. In Britain the incidence of throat cancer is rising sharply while in the US the incidence of oral cancers linked to HPV have doubled in the last 20 years. In Sweden in the 1970s around a quarter of tonsil cancers were linked to HPV, but by the mid 2000s the figure was 90 per cent said Prof Gillison. 'That’s the most compelling data in a population that the increase in tonsular cancer or oropharynx cancer incidence we’re seeing in a number of places worldwide is possible caused by HPV,' she said.Someone infected with HPV 16 - the strain linked to oral cancer- has a 14 fold increase in risk for getting oropharynx cancer, she said. She added: 'What is most strongly linked to oral HPV infection is the number of sexual partners someone has had in their lifetimes, in particular the number of individuals on whom they have performed oral sex. 'The higher the number of partners that you’ve had, the greater the odds that you’d have an oral infection.'