The Link Between Oral Sex and Cancer
Recent studies indicate that oral sex is nine times more likely to cause oral cancers than smoking and drinking combined.
The American Cancer Society states that 39 percent of current cases of oral cancers are linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV). The studies prove that oral sex is not a risk-free practice, as HPV is passed through oral and genital contact. Using a condom or dental dam during oral sex can help protect against some STDs.
Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman warns, “If you have a sore in your mouth for a more than two weeks and it doesn’t go away, you need to have it looked at and most likely biopsied.”
“Your risk is greatly increased if you’ve had more than six sexual partners in your lifetime,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds.
Experts hope that the latest research will compel the public to be aware of the insidious and ubiquitous nature of HPV, which causes multiple types of cancer," Dr. Dorfman says. “Oral cancer is three times more prevalent than cervical cancer.”
Oral sex is not a risk-free act. HPV can be passed through both oral and genital contact. The American Cancer Society states that in 2008, 39 percent of cases of oral cancers were linked to HPV. Using a condom or dental dam during oral sex can help protect against some STDs.
Detection begins in the dentist chair. “You have to have your dentist examine you for oral cancer,” Dr. Dorfman stresses. He adds that 25 percent of new oral cancer cases are not in high-risk groups.