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Possible Link Between Certain Cancers and Oral Sex

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Although more research needs to be done to clearly identify the causes, a Yahoo! Health article found online discussed a recent study presented at the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington D.C. that found there could be an increase in young white males with oral and throat cancers and a possible link to human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the Mayo Clinic website, there are more than 100 different forms of HPV, and roughly 20 million people in the United States have HPV infections that can cause genital warts and related lesions. Historically, HPV has been linked to cervical cancer, but research is showing that more high-risk types of HPV also could cause oral, anal, vaginal and penile cancers as well, and not just in young males. It is important to note that most HPV infections don't cause cancer.

To protect from all forms of HPV, and decrease risk associated with associated diseases:
- Girls and boys as young as 9 years old through 26 years of age can receive the HPV vaccine from their doctor.
- Condom use in all sexual activity could reduce the spread of HPV.
- Limit partners (be in a faithful relationship with one partner).

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Yahoo Health: Oral Sex Linked to Cancer Risk
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: HPV Fact Sheet
Mayo Clinic: HPV Infection

Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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I have herpes and I am an engineer who works for the largest herpes dating and support site [website removed by EmpowHER moderator]. I have to tell you a secret, you can choose not to believe me. But the truth is that this site has more than 650,000 members and about 80% members are good looking in my estimation.

Unfortunately, STD rates soar worldwide and most people with STDs don't even know that they have them. The government should grant more money for STD education to lower the rates of STD transmission.

February 23, 2011 - 3:56am
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