Tumor and oral sex, the biggest dangers are for men

An analysis of over 13 thousand people, reveals that the risk of cancer caused by papillomavirus, is greater for men who have had sex with five or more partners.

If viewed from the health side, oral sex poses more risk to men than to women. Has long been noticed that papillomavirus, or HPV, which is transmitted during sexual intercourse, can cause cancer of the cervix or mouth.

Now, a new American research has revealed that cancer risk is greater for males who have had five or more partners with whom they have also practiced oral sex. And if they are smokers, the chances of getting sick are even bigger. While the number of partners with whom women have had relationships does not seem important.

Many types of cancer, through sexual intercourse

Some of the 150 types of Papillomavirus virus have a key role in both malignant and malignant neoplasms (male and female genital warts) in initiation of cancer: in fact, it is the primary responsibility for cervical cancer and its role in the formation of neoplasms that affect the vulva, vagina, penis and anus (very rare form of cancer) and oral carcinoma.

Even the latter are rare, but according to estimates presented by American researchers by 2020, the Hepatocular Neoplasms caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) will be more numerous than those of the uterus.

The virus is transmitted in the mouth and throat through oral sex and according to recent statistics, it is responsible for about 70% of new cases diagnosed each year by oral cancer, which develops in the back of the throat, the tongue base or tonsillectomy.

Important vaccine for males and females

A few months ago, another American study had found that nearly half of men in the United States had an Hpv virus infection: the incidence of cases of orpharingeal cancer has increased since the 1980s and in the last 20 years, and in men cases doubled - emphasizes Amber D'Souza, lecturer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and first author of the work that has just been published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

The data found in our study again testify to the importance of universal vaccination against Hpv. In fact, in the beginning when it was developed vaccine against HPV it was only used for 12 years (before he reports), to protect them from cervical cancer. In addition, after gathering much information about the benefit of making adolescent men immune, some states then continued vaccinating for both sexes.

Study: Men more at risk than women

John Hopkins researchers analyzed data from more than 13,000 people between the ages of 20 and 69 who underwent an oral test for the presence of Hpv between 2009 and 2014. It turned out that the virus is present in about 1% of women ( 20 to 69 years old) and 6% in males: the virus is most common in males between 50 and 59 when it is present in 8 subjects out of 100.

Moreover, the link between oropharyngeal cancer and oral sex practice was evident, but the percentage of risk varies in both sexes and women have less risk, regardless of the number of "partners in bed."

In fact, Hpv infection was only present in 3% of women who had 10 or more lifelong partners versus 14.4% of males.

In particular, the risk seems to be high for men who have practiced oral sex with 5 or more partners and who are smokers because tobacco is the other important risk factor along with excessive alcohol consumption.

"Although cases are on the rise, papillomavirus-induced oral tumors remain rare," concludes D'Souza. "But it's important to understand who is more at risk of developing a neoplasm and through certain strategies to interfere with time.

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