Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oral Sex Increases Head and Neck Cancer Risk

Oral Sex Increases Head and Neck Cancer Risk

By Aryanto L Efrayim

Head and neck cancer may not be as popular as other types of cancers. But the number of cancer patients is increased associated with virus spread through oral sex.

The doctors recommend for young men and women to make the protection of the neck and head cancer through vaccination.

This Immunization is trying to protect people from viruses that are transmitted through sexual activity before they became sexually active.

Although overall head and neck cancer experienced a slight decrease in recent years, but for certain cases such as oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) are increases sharply, especially in some developed countries.

In the British Medical Journal report, the scientists revealed that this increase seems to be linked to cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).

Head and neck cancer is a cancer of the sixth most common in men and women, up to now approximately 640,000 new cases occur each year worldwide.

Sexual transmission of HPV, mainly through orogenital sexual intercourse (oral sex) might be the reason for the increased incidence of oropharyngeal carcinoma associated with HPV.

In a recent study in the United States has obtained that cancer cases associated with HPV was reported to increase about 60-80 percent, whereas a few decades ago was found only about 40 percent.

The head and neck cancer patient associated with HPV are experienced among young age and among workers.

Head and neck cancer are less deadly than other cancers associated with smoking or drinking alcohol. So there is a possibility the patient may live longer with the support of physical and psychological treatment.

Two vaccines currently made now are Cervarix by GlaxoSmithKline, and Gardasil made by Merck & Co., is claimed to prevent HPV that also the cause of almost all cervical cancer cases.

We should see more evidence exists to evaluate the effectiveness of this vaccine for men, because the cases are increasing.

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