Oral Sex and Throat Cancer: Something So Pleasurable Yet So Deadly

Oral Sex and Throat CancerCertainly, we’re aware that cigarettes, cigars, alcohol and drugs play their part in contracting various cancers; and cancer-related health problems.  Even sun exposure can produce various types of skin cancers; but oral sex causing throat/mouth cancer?  OMG! In my mind some things just don’t go-together… they just don’t match.  For example, hot dogs and milk…disgusting!  Tuna fish and ice cream…yuck! Bathing suits and hot tar roofs… youch!  But oral sex and cancer…Wow!  Though it may be true; somehow it isn’t feasible that something so pleasurable can be so deadly.

I was stunned by the open admission of veteran actor Michael Douglas, on how he contracted throat cancer.  In Douglas’ recent audio interview with the Guardian, he stated that  his throat cancer  was not caused by cigarettes, cigars, alcohol or even drugs, but possibly, by something that’s as natural to many, as eating homemade apple pie.  It’s the papillomavirus…aka (HPV); and it comes from the (over) enjoyment of cunnilingus, better known as oral sex.  And no, I’m not kidding.

According to the Center for Disease Control, (CDC):

“The papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect the male and female genital areas.  This virus can also infect the throat and mouth.  HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. There is no certain way to tell who will develop health problems from HPV and who will not. In most cases HPV goes away by itself before it causes any health problems, and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.”

The CDC also reported “that people who had at least   6 oral-sex partners during their lifetime were 3.4 times more likely to have   throat cancer. Those with 26 or more vaginal-sex partners had a 3.1   times higher risk of developing throat cancer.”

If  these reports are true, then why aren’t at least 8 out of every 10 people   either cancer-ridden or dying or dead?

The pappillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect the male and female genital areas.  This virus can also infect the throat and mouth.  HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. There is no certain way to tell who will develop health problems from HPV and who will not. In most cases HPV goes away by itself before it causes any health problems, and most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it.”

The  CDC also reported “that people who had at least   6 oral-sex partners during their lifetime were 3.4 times more likely to have   throat cancer. Those with 26 or more vaginal-sex partners had a 3.1   times higher risk of developing throat cancer.”

If   these reports are true, then why aren’t at least 8 out of every 10 people   either cancer-ridden or dying or dead!

So, how do people get HPV?

 The CDC reports that:

“HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected person has no signs or symptoms.

Also…

Most infected persons do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to a sex partner. A person can still have HPV, even if years have passed since he or she has had sexual contact with an infected person. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.”

Who is at risk for HPV?

“Again, the CDC says that “Anyone who is having (or has ever had) sex can get HPV. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women get it at some point in their lives. This is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime.”

Douglas, 68 who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, went through a cadre of doctors, who performed a number of tests; aback f which proved inconclusive.

It was a friend’s doctor in Montreal who discovered his cancerous tumor. “I will always remember the look on his face,” stated Douglas, “He said: ‘We need a biopsy.’ There was a walnut-size tumor at the base of my tongue that no other doctor had seen.” (Click link below for full interview.)

This revelation lead Douglas on a quest to seek out those medical professionals who could, and did, save his life.  And now, with chemo, meds and a change in lifestyle, it’s almost a miracle that Michael Douglas is winning a battle with cancer that many others have lost.

However, amid the good news of Douglas’ health, the bad news of his separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43 presents a new kind of problem for him.  But just like his cancer, I hope that his relationship will find a path to recovery and cast their separation into remission.

It’s no secret that Douglas’ past has been plagued with numerous women and infidelities.  His almost 20 year marriage to first wife Diandra was ended by Douglas’ constant cheating. Maybe cancer and separation will serve as a wakeup call for the mega-man.  Maybe from now on, if it’s not made at home, Mr. Douglas will reserve his lovemaking for the silver screen.

Written by Deborah Alston

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2 Responses to "Oral Sex and Throat Cancer: Something So Pleasurable Yet So Deadly"

  1. MK   September 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    This article brings to light interesting new information but blatantly twists it and the “quotes” from the CDC are lacking from the official site; instead the CDC offers the more logical conclusion that while “recent studies show that about 60%–70% of cancers of the oropharynx may be linked to HPV. Many of these may be caused by a combination of tobacco, alcohol, and HPV.”

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