Give a lot of head? Check yourself for cancer

Posted on 04 Oct 2011 at 2:46pm

Oral bottoms might need to be in tune with their health after reading this. The New York Times posted Monday that “throat cancers caused by a virus transmitted during oral sex have increased significantly in the United States in recent years, researchers reported on Monday.” Buzzkill, but worth knowing:

“This is the first definitive evidence that these changes at the population level are indeed caused by HPV infection,” said Dr. Maura L. Gillison, the senior author of the new study and the chairwoman of cancer research at Ohio State University.

The research is published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Kevin J. Cullen, director of the Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland, said the study was well done. “It’s very clear that this is becoming a major epidemic,” he added.

He said his own research team had found similar increases in throat cancers in Baltimore during the last 30 years. Researchers think the trend may be attributable to increases in oral sex, particularly among younger people who think it is safer than intercourse.

Dr. Gillison said the increase in throat cancers was not a cause for panic because they still are not common. There are fewer than 10,000 cases a year. Most people with HPV do not develop cancer.

So, as Gawker put in their post, “if you suck a lot of dick, either get vaccinated or spend the rest of your life worrying that every “lumpy, swollen lymph node” and “lingering sore throat or earache” might be blowjob cancer.”

We’re still waiting word on any similar trends in butt-munching.

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