By Michael Day. Oral sex can lead to oral tumours. That is the conclusion of researchers who have proved what has long been suspected, that the human papilloma virus can cause oral cancers. The risk, thankfully, is tiny.
HPV oral and oropharyngeal cancers are harder to discover than tobacco related cancers because the symptoms are not always obvious to the individual who is developing the disease, or to professionals that are looking for it. They can be very subtle and painless. A dentist or doctor should evaluate any symptoms that you are concerned with, and certainly anything that has persisted for two or more weeks. Although there are many adjunctive oral cancer screening devices and tests, currently none of them can find HPV positive oral and oropharyngeal cancers early.
Mouth cancer rates reach record high: Is oral sex to blame?
Some types of oral cancer are linked to human papilloma virus HPV infection in the mouth and throat. Find out the possible risks of this infection from oral sex, and how to protect yourself. Oral cancers are sometimes called head and neck cancers, and include cancers of the mouth, lip and tongue, as well as cancers of the tonsils, oesophagus, larynx voice box , nasopharynx the area that connects the nose and throat and the thyroid gland.
Back to Cancer. This story is based on a US study that looked at 9, people aged 20 to 59 who provided information about their number of oral sex partners and were tested for oral human papilloma virus HPV. HPV is a virus that can infect moist membranes.