A new report shows that oral sex may be causing more throat cancer than tobacco.
Researchers studying HPV (human papillomavirus) say that it causes 64% of oropharynxl cancers in the US.
It is now thought to be the main cause of throat cancer in people under 50 years old.
Researchers at Ohio State University say the more oral sex someone has had, and the more partners they’ve had, the greater their risk of getting these cancers, which develop in the middle part of the throat.
Over the past five years, health officials have been urging parents to make sure their daughters are vaccinated against HPV to help prevent cervical cancer.
But these new results suggest that young men could also benefit from vaccination because the recent rise in oropharynxl cancer is predominantly among young, white men.
The British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has been calling on the government to include boys in its vaccination programs – designed to guard against the sexually transmitted HPV virus – for years.
Come in to The Liverpool Dental Spa and get a free oral cancer screening with your dental examination.