You might be surprised to learn that the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus HPV is a leading cause of throat cancers, and it spreads from person to person via oral sex. You likely think of cervical cancer when you hear about the rising incidence of human papilloma virus HPV. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.
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Smoking tobacco cigarettes, pipes, cigars increases your risk of developing mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. There is some evidence that people exposed to second hand smoke passive smoking at home or in the workplace may have a small increase in their risk of mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. Drinking alcohol increases your risk of mouth and oropharyngeal cancer. Smokeless tobacco, including chewing tobacco, such as betel quid gutkha or paan is known to cause mouth and oropharyngeal cancer.
Oral sex can cause mouth and throat cancer: study
Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. HPV , the most common STD in the US with 14 million Americans becoming infected with it annually, is known to be a leading cause of mouth and throat cancer.
HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancers are harder to discover than tobacco related cancers because the symptoms are not always obvious to the individual who is developing the disease, or to professionals that are looking for it. They can be very subtle and painless. A dentist or doctor should evaluate any symptoms that you are concerned with, and certainly anything that has persisted for two or more weeks. Although there are many adjunctive oral cancer screening devices and tests, currently none of them can find HPV positive oral and oropharyngeal cancers early.