In an eye-poppingly candid interview with the Guardian on Sunday night, actor Michael Douglas, said his cancer was caused by the HPV STD, which is transmitted through oral sex, and not caused by tobacco and alcohol, reports the Times’ health page.
But how likely is that?
Shocking fact: Oral sex can give you throat cancer!
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts as well as genital cancers of the anus or penis in men, explains webMD.
But what’s really unusual about this is that, until Douglas’s confession, very few people knew that having oral sex with someone with HPV can result in cancer of the throat, tonsils and base of tongue too.
Frightening when you consider that, “according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, about 60% of oropharyngeal cancers — cancers of the throat, tonsils and the base of tongue — are related to HPV,” reports the Times.
So it’s no surprise that Dr Eric Genden, professor and chair of otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City told CBSNews.com that ‘there's an epidemic of HPV-related throat cancers”
Have safe oral sex to avoid STDs like HPV and HIV…
Douglas’s story should serve as a reminder that safe sex practices apply to oral sex too.
For maximum protection, never have sex (regardless of whether it’s oral or penetrative) without a condom.
Also consider the following Health24 tips for safe oral sex…