Oral sex linked to cancer risk... o.O;

  • Sk8Tex

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    Feb 25, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    Holy sh... icon_eek.gif We're all doomed..

    WASHINGTON — US scientists said Sunday there is strong evidence linking oral sex to cancer, and urged more study of how human papillomaviruses may be to blame for a rise in oral cancer among white men.

    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-percent 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.

    "The rise in oral cancer in the US is predominantly among young white males and we do not know the answer as to why."

    Researcher Diane Harper of the University of Missouri said such studies will take time, but the oral cancer field may move more quickly by using technology already developed for detecting HPV in cervical cancer patients.

    "One of the scientific technologies that have evolved over time is the way that we detect HPV," said Harper.

    "I think that the head and neck cancer area will benefit from that because we have gone through all kinds of different laboratory techniques to make sure we are actually finding what we think is HPV and getting type-specific information to go with that."

    There as many as 150 different types of human papillomaviruses, and about 40 of those can be sexually transmitted, according to the National Cancer Institute.

    Some may cause genital warts, while other more high-risk varieties can cause oral, anal, vaginal and penile cancers.

    Sexually transmitted HPV infections are common and often asymptomatic, and untreated cases in women are the main cause of cervical cancer.

    Half of all sexually active Americans will get HPV at some point in their lives, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated.

    Two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2006 for HPV types that cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

    However, only 40 percent of US girls have received one dose and just 17 percent have received all three doses in the regimen, said researchers.

    A study published earlier this month in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the HPV vaccine could prevent 90 percent of genital warts in men, and the vaccine has also been approved against anal cancer in men and women.

    Harper said she was not recommending the general population get the HPV vaccine because research has not yet established its effectiveness past five to eight years for cervical cancer.

    "We know from all of the very good modeling studies that have been done throughout the world that if the vaccine does not last for a minimum of 15 years, cervical cancer will not be prevented, it will only be postponed," she said.

    For now, Harper and fellow presenter Bonnie Halpern-Felsher of the University of California San Francisco recommended that patients discuss HPV with their doctors.

    "If you talk to health care providers and certainly parents and other educators, they are not talking to teens about oral sex, period," said Halpern-Felsher, who has studied teenagers' attitudes and sexual behaviors.

    "Teens really have no idea that oral sex is related to any outcome like STIs (sexually transmitted infections), HPV, chlamydia, and so on."


    Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i80M66TPHXMnQmOKUlpcpu_gNOuQ?docId=CNG.2fa97f53bfcdc1875eb8f281d95222b2.781
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    Feb 25, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    That sucks.
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    ....glad I'm not white....
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    As a man who likes sucking other guys dry, I disapprove of this thread.
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    itsivan said....glad I'm not white....


    well that will certainly protect you........ not.
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    Actually, we are all doomed. One thing or another will get you. You could go without sex if you'd like but you can't go without food and most likely the food you're eating is creating cancer and heart disease as we speak. You could go insane thinking about it all. Just enjoy what days you have here.
  • sea_buddy

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    Feb 25, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    This terrifies me. It's kinda preoccupied my thought for a long time. All I can say for help is be proactive in your health care (aside from abstaining from sex, haha).

    http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/oral_cancer/
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    rightasrain said
    itsivan said....glad I'm not white....


    well that will certainly protect you........ not.
    no shit (:
  • swimmermatt10...

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    Feb 25, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThat sucks.


    Lulz... Clever
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    Feb 25, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    heybreaux saidOhhhhhhhhhh...so that's why they say...smoke my pole. icon_biggrin.gif

    But the number of HPV carriers is the real shocker!


    yeah.... 7 billion of them.
  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    I don't see anything about whether it was male to female or male to male contact. I would like to know if the stats are different. Could it be primarily the vajayjay licking? ;)

    I have emailed the researcher about this. I will let you know if I find anything else out. icon_smile.gif

    http://www.osuccc.osu.edu/9187.cfm?person_id=2618
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    Feb 25, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
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    Feb 25, 2011 8:11 AM GMT
    Everything we do has risks...... All it comes down to is being sensible....
  • coastguy90814

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    Feb 25, 2011 8:25 AM GMT
    Gosh stop being so easily influenced people and to the poster, a bit irresponsible posting something that is not necessarily geared towards Gay men. This study was geared towards men who performed oral sex on women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that is growing with woman so the study is in correlation to that. Am I the only one aware of this? LOL
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    Feb 26, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    coastguy90814 saidGosh stop being so easily influenced people and to the poster, a bit irresponsible posting something that is not necessarily geared towards Gay men. This study was geared towards men who performed oral sex on women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that is growing with woman so the study is in correlation to that. Am I the only one aware of this? LOL



    you are completely incorrect. i treat anal, oral and penile HPV infections in gay men everyday. you don't have to bottom or suck dick to become infected.

    ALL humans are infected by multiple HPV strains as they are born and pass through the birth canal. they are infected throughout life with dozens of additional strains. HPVs are easily introduced into the oral cavity, anal canal and vagina/cervix by a number of methods including wiping your ass, oral sex, penile/anal sex, penile/vaginal sex, dildos, suppositories, tongues, colonoscopy/procedures or anything that promotes the movement of viruses from the outside of the body to the inside of the body.

    wishful thinking won't get rid of the risk. then again, i agree with the above poster who suggested that you gotta deal with risk every day in life... and what's life without sex?
  • ZacktheMan

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    Feb 27, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    coastguy90814 saidGosh stop being so easily influenced people and to the poster, a bit irresponsible posting something that is not necessarily geared towards Gay men. This study was geared towards men who performed oral sex on women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that is growing with woman so the study is in correlation to that. Am I the only one aware of this? LOL



    Sexually-transmitted HPVs also cause a major fraction of anal cancers and approximately 25% of cancers of the mouth and upper throat (the oropharynx) (see figure).[36] The latter commonly present in the tonsil area, and HPV is linked to the increase in oral cancers in non-smokers.[42][43] Engaging in anal sex or oral sex with an HPV-infected partner may increase the risk of developing these types of cancers.[37]

    Studies show a link between HPV infection and penile and anal cancer,[36] and the risk for anal cancer is 17 to 31 times higher among gay and bisexual men than among heterosexual men.[44][45] It has been suggested that anal Pap smear screening for anal cancer might benefit some sub-populations of men or women who engage in anal sex.[46] There is no consensus that such screening is beneficial, or who should get an anal Pap smear.[47][48]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_sex

    And as it is with heterosexuals, Gay mates are safest by having a faithful single partner or two over a long time than having a multitude of partners.