Oral Sex Can Lead To Oral Cancer
Close to 36 thousand Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
Today more and more dentists are checking for it during a patient’s regular dental cleaning. Thanks to these checks, some people like Norma Regueira can now call themselves oral cancer survivors. Regueira was a serious smoker, which most likely caused her cancer.
In recent years doctors and dentists have noticed an increased connection between oral sex and oral cancer. This type of oral cancer is more prevalent in men.
HPV infection drives cancerous growth in the cervix but unlike cervical cancer, this type of oral cancer is more prevalent in men, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts say that’s a real wake up call for people.
Between 12 thousand and 15 thousand new cases of oropharyngeal cancer are diagnosed each year; about three thousand people a year die from it.
“You have to insist that your dentist do oral cancer screenings every year,” said Dr. Grisel Martos.
Martos uses a special light after a patient rinses their mouth with a vinegar like solution to detect any precancerous cells.
Oral cancers cause over eight thousand deaths annually; killing roughly one person per hour 24 hours per day. Of those 36 thousand newly diagnosed individuals, only about half will be alive in 5 years.
The death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.
Oral Sex Increases the Risk of Recurrent Vaginal Yeast Infections Among Women
This report states that women who have recurrent yeast infections may be infected by oral sex, not by re-infection by their male partners. The risk of developing multiple episodes of itching and burning from yeast was higher in women who receive oral sex. Receiving oral sex had an association with increased risk of recurrent yeast infections at a three times higher rate. Thus oral sex may increase a woman’s risk of developing symptoms if she is carrying Candida and her immune system interacts with her partner’s saliva, resulting in a yeast infection.