Diagram of the oral cavity and oropharynx. The oral cavity includes the lips, the labial and buccal mucosa, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the retromolar pad, the floor of the mouth, the gingiva, and the hard palate. The oropharynx includes the palatine and lingual tonsils, the back one-third base of the tongue, the soft palate, and the posterior pharyngeal wall. Human papillomavirus HPV can cause serious health problems, including warts and cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Of the more than types of HPV, about 40 types can spread through direct sexual contact to genital areas, as well as the mouth and throat.
A Silent Epidemic of Cancer Is Spreading Among Men
Men are four times more likely to get cancer from oral sex and it’s NOT because they do it more
Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago. Within days, he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer caused by a virus that he probably caught while in college, decades before. Mendelsohn, now 48, is the classic victim of head and neck cancer caused by HPV, the human papillomavirus. That adds up to 11 million men and 3 million women, the researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But the study found smoking also increased the danger of a high-risk infection, and, perhaps surprising to some, that men and women alike who smoked marijuana were far more likely to develop a cancer-causing strain of HPV.
HPV: Oral Sex Risks Men Need to Know Before Performing Cunnilingus
On Sunday, in an interview with the Guardian , actor Michael Douglas revealed that his throat cancer was not caused by tobacco and alcohol, but by HPV, which was transmitted through oral sex. The throat cancer, I assume, was first seeded during those wild middle years, when he drank like a fish and smoked like the devil. Looking back, knowing what he knows now, does he feel he overloaded his system? Right, I say.
In the last few years, actress Angelina Jolie went public with her double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Governor Chris Christie told us his reasons for gastric bypass surgery. And actor Michael Douglas is shining the spotlight on the human papilloma virus HPV —the number one cause of mouth and throat cancer.