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Oral Sex is 'Dope' but Cancerous

Popularity 4Viewed 1958 times 2014-5-20 05:14 |Personal category:Health|System category:Life| Michael Douglas, Cancer, Sex, Oral Sex

Hollywood actor Michael Douglas has caused a bit of a storm this week after claiming that the throat cancer which nearly killed him was caused by giving oral sex.


It is an open secret: more couples are partaking in oral sex than ever before. That is both fellatio and cunnilingus, which is where couples orally stimulate each other’s erotic zones. Its ‘dope’ and already its being described as the new "good night kiss." At least 54 percent of teenage girls in America are reported to have had oral sex.

 

Oral sex has come to be popular with those that don’t want to risk getting pregnant; those that have premature ejaculation issues also try to use cunnilingus to help their partners get an orgasm – at least.

 

As oral sex becomes the new goodnight kiss, there is a gloomy picture coming into the horizon: people who partake in oral sex are almost nine times likely to get oropharyngeal cancer, that is cancer of the mouth or throat.

 

Time Magazine reported on a May 2007 Survey  by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) which showed that men and women who reported having six or more oral-sex partners during their lifetime had a nearly ninefold increased risk of developing cancer of the tonsils or at the base of the tongue.

 

Dr Beatrice Mwagomba is the Program Manager for Non-Communicable Diseases & Mental Health in the Ministry of Health in Malawi. I asked her if at all there is a cancer risk in oral sex.

 

“Yes, there is documented evidence on association between oral sex and cancer of the mouth or throat but not necessarily a cause-effect relationship.


“... [this happens] through the transmission [during oral sex] of a human papilloma virus (HPV) which is also strongly associated with cervical cancer and genital warts,” said Mwagomba in an email interview.

 

Now that is some serious bad news. What would modern sex be without oral sex?  How serious and widespread is this HPV anyway?

 

Well, The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention approximates that 80 percent of women in the U.S. have been exposed to the virus by age 50; an estimate that some researchers think is low. As for men, the figure is likely to be higher since they easily get infected by HPV.

 

Men’s Journal Magazine reported last year that rates of HPV-related throat cancer had risen 225 percent in the previous 16 years in the USA, with men suffering the most cases. Researchers pointed to the increasing popularity of oral sex as the cause if the rise.

 

The HPV was commonly known as the cause of cervical cancers, but with new studies, it appears men are as much at risk as women. There is a vaccine for HPV but it is not clear if the cervical cancer vaccine can be used on men too.

 

The BBC reported this week that incidents of this type of cancer are on the rise but a health commentator warned that the issue is not clear cut as the disease also hinges on other factors such as tobacco smoking and beer drinking.


I mean, it’s like smoking, many people know the risks but still smoke, I know oral sex can cause cancer…but I think I will not strike it off my itinerary…yet. After all, its almost impossible to avoid HPV! 

And you? 

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report jiewei798 2014-5-20 20:48
Wow that is kind of scary!
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-20 21:07
jiewei798: Wow that is kind of scary!
no... it is actually just fine,  HPV  will infect us even if we dont need by the time we get to sixty years old and its only a few people that get cancer from it... oral sex is to sex what water is to life...
Reply Report jiewei798 2014-5-21 15:57
mutafire: no... it is actually just fine,  HPV  will infect us even if we dont need by the time we get to sixty years old and its only a few people that get can ...
Haha I can't disagree with that.
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-21 18:19
jiewei798: Haha I can't disagree with that.
hahahahaha we are bad!
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-5-26 20:30
When I was halfway reading, I was like, "Ok but why is he writing all these, is he going to lecture people not to partake in oral sex or try to sell some oral sex condoms?"  

Interesting analogy of smoking cigarettes.
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-26 20:55
Maierwei: When I was halfway reading, I was like, "Ok but why is he writing all these, is he going to lecture people not to partake in oral sex or try to s ...
Hahaha, it is a touchy issue...important as well...but sensitive
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-26 20:56
Maierwei: When I was halfway reading, I was like, "Ok but why is he writing all these, is he going to lecture people not to partake in oral sex or try to s ...
I hope i did not scare you off it...
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-5-26 21:14
mutafire: I hope i did not scare you off it...
Haha, you're not the first person writing about it!
And yes, there are condoms specifically for oral sex. I guess only marketed to sex workers!
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-26 22:09
Maierwei: Haha, you're not the first person writing about it!
And yes, there are condoms specifically for oral sex. I guess only marketed to sex workers!
I have heard of those, but if anyone wore them i would skip that sex session... if you cannot trust me that much, you are not supposed to be in the same bed with me anyway! haha

Sex workers, yes...i think
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-26 22:09
Maierwei: Haha, you're not the first person writing about it!
And yes, there are condoms specifically for oral sex. I guess only marketed to sex workers!
But how would anyone use them... *googles*
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-5-26 23:11
mutafire: But how would anyone use them... *googles*
Yeah, that's the thing
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-5-26 23:15
mutafire: I have heard of those, but if anyone wore them i would skip that sex session... if you cannot trust me that much, you are not supposed to be in the sa ...
What you say is exactly what most men say about wearing condoms, so you can point out that they're not practical but don't talk about trust... Actually many people would say condoms aren't practical JUST BECAUSE they're not used to them. It's not about emotions, it's justprecaution. AND, people with HPV or other STDs are trustable people too...
Reply Report mutafire 2014-5-27 03:12
Maierwei: What you say is exactly what most men say about wearing condoms, so you can point out that they're not practical but don't talk about trust... Actuall ...
Two things:

I admit, i spoke like an unschooled villager, dismissing a preventative meausure there... I sure would use the condom, i have in the past.

The second one is, i guess i said that because I am not the jumpy type and the woman that i can likely sleep with, will have gone past so much gates that a condom is an insult to both of us...

But you are right, most of these people dying had trust...
Reply Report Maierwei 2014-5-27 20:33
mutafire: Two things:

I admit, i spoke like an unschooled villager, dismissing a preventative meausure there... I sure would use the condom, i have in the past ...
Exactly (to your last sentence)

There is one more thing... Not all infected people are living immoral lives. Some may choose to hide it even aduring a meaningful-serious relationship, for fear of losing it. Anyways, I don't know, it's a complicated issue.

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