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Source: Cancer News  Feb 01, 2021  3 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes ago

Cancer News: John Hopkins Study Shows That The More Oral Sex One Indulges In, The Higher The Risks Of Developing Oropharyngeal Cancer

Cancer News: John Hopkins Study Shows That The More Oral Sex One Indulges In, The Higher The Risks Of Developing Oropharyngeal Cancer
Source: Cancer News  Feb 01, 2021  3 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes ago
Cancer News: A new study by researchers from John Hopkins’ Kimmel Cancer Center shows that frequency of oral sex along with number of sex partners one has are all contributing factors to increasing one’s risk of developing propharyngeal cancer.

The study showed that a wide breadth of behaviors surrounding oral sex may affect the risk of oral HPV infection and of a virus-associated head and neck cancer that can be spread through this route.
 
These study findings add nuance to the connection between oral sex and oropharyngeal cancer ie tumors that occur in the mouth and throat and could help inform research and public health efforts aimed at preventing this disease.
 
The study findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal: Cancer. https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/cncr.33346
 
It was reported that in the early 1980s,scientists realized that nearly all cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a DNA virus from the Papillomaviridae family.
 
Though about 90% of HPV infections cause no symptoms and resolve within two years, a minority of people retain the virus, which can damage DNA and trigger malignancies.
 
After nearly two decades after uncovering this link, scientists discovered that a growing number of oropharyngeal cancers are also caused by HPV. Now, the majority of oropharyngeal cancers are HPV-related.
 
Past research suggested that the higher a person's number of oral sex partners over a lifetime, the greater their risk of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
 
But, says Dr Virginia Drake, M.D., first author of the study and a surgical resident at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, little was known about what other risk factors might contribute to this disease.
 
Dr Virginia Drake, M.D., the study’s first author and a surgical resident at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center told Thailand Medical News, ”Though it is already known that HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer is strongly associated with oral sex and the number of oral sex partners. We haven't really looked at what other behaviors might contribute to this disease."
 
In order to answer this question, Dr Drake and her colleagues worked with data from 163 patients with HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer who were enrolled in the Papillomavirus Role in Oral Cancer Viral Etiology (PROVE) study and 345 healthy people with demographic characteristics similar to those of the study participants.