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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