Oral Sex Is a Leading Factor in the Throat Cancer 'Epidemic' in the United States, Doctor Says

Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto Oral sex may be the biggest factor in the rise of throat cancer in the United States.

Dr. Hisham Mehanna — a professor at the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences at the University of Birmingham — said that there has been a “rapid increase” in oropharyngeal cancer, a type of throat cancer, in the past two decades, calling it an “epidemic” in both the U.S. and U.K.

“For oropharyngeal cancer, the main risk factor is the number of lifetime sexual partners, especially oral sex,” Mehanna wrote for The Conversation . “Those with six or more lifetime oral-sex […]

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