Health: Lots of oral sex at a young age increases the risk of HPV-related mouth ...

Having lots of oral sex at a young age could increase your risk of developing HPV-related mouth and throat cancer, study warns Infection of the mouth and throat by HPV can lead to oropharyngeal cancer Researchers from the US polled 508 people about their health and sexual habits Those with 10 oral sex partners are 4.3 times more likely to get throat cancer The risk is also increased by having extramarital sex, the experts warned

By Ian Randall For Mailonline

Published: 10:46 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 10:52 GMT, 11 January 2021

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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.

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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

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,'

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