Daily Cancer Risk Fact: Oral Sex


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8. Oral Sex

True or false: Oral sex comes with a risk of sexually transmitted disease – and cancer

True. While the overall number of cases of head and neck cancer has been decreasing in recent years – consistent with the decrease in tobacco use in this country – cases in young (40- 50-year old) nonsmokers have been on the rise, particularly those of the tonsils and base of the tongue. Why? Human papilloma virus or HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease.

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