It is a fact most men will not want to know, but research has proven that a virus which is contracted through oral sex can cause throat cancer.A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University has revealed that the HPV virus poses a greater risk in contracting cancer than smoking or alcohol.

The American study of 300 people also found that that those with more than six partners were almost nine times at greater risk of contracting the disease.And those who had already experienced a previous oral HPV infection were 32 times more likely to develop cancer.HPV is the cause of roughly 70 per cent of cervical cancers.However experts said a wider study was needed to confirm the findings.

Researchers said oral sex was the main mode of transmission of HPV but could not rule out that it could also be passed through kissing.Scientists said the majority of HPV infections had no symptoms and often did not require treatment.

Study author Dr Gypsyamber D'Souza told the BBC:

'It is important for health care providers to know that people without the traditional risk factors of tobacco and alcohol use can nevertheless be at risk of oropharyngeal cancer.'
Co-researcher Dr Maura Gillison said that oropharyngeal cancer is still relatively uncommon and that most people who contracted HPV probably wouldn't develop throat cancer.

[via web]

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