By Ian Randall For Mailonline
Published: 10:46 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 10:52 GMT, 11 January 2021
The risk of developing Human papillomavirus (HPV) -related mouth and throat cancer is increased by having lots of oral sex at a young age, a study has warned.
Researchers from the US polled more than 500 people about their sexual practices — including 163 people who suffered from so-called oropharyngeal cancer.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The oropharynx is the name given to the middle part of the throat, behind the mouth, and includes the back third of the tongue, the tonsils and the soft palate.
The team found that having 10 or more oral sex partners increases your risk of oropharyngeal cancer by 4.3 times.
The work builds on previous studies that have linked performing oral sex with HPV-related cancer — which is triggered by the virus infecting the mouth and throat.
The risk of developing Human papillomavirus (HPV) -related mouth and throat cancer is increased by having lots of oral sex at a young age, a study has warned
'It is not only the number of oral sexual partners, but also other factors not previously appreciated that contribute to the risk of exposure to HPV orally and subsequent HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer,' said paper author Virginia Drake.
'As the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer continues to rise in the United States, our study offers a contemporary evaluation of risk factors for this disease,'