Can Oral Sex Put You At Risk Of Cancer?

The risk for men is potentially serious.
October 24, 2017

Smoking and having oral sex with multiple partners may increase risk of head and neck cancer in men that is triggered by exposure to the human papilloma virus, known as HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, warns a new study. The risk was much lower among women, people who did not smoke, and people who had less than five oral sex partners in their lifetimes, found the study published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

Two HPV types (16 and 18) cause 70% of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions, according to the World Health Organisation.

Michael Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2013 and he suggested it was brought on by HPV infection contracted through cunnilingus.

No treatments exist for HPV, but a vaccine can be taken in childhood to prevent the infection and all but eliminate a person’s risk for these types of cancer.