Can Oral Sex Cause Cancer?

481633793Recently, a fan emailed us asking: “I heard that HPV can cause cancer from a man giving a woman oral sex, but does the same apply to a woman performing oral sexy on a man?”  So we answer the questions again: Can oral sex really cause throat cancer? What is throat cancer…and how is it related to HPV?

Cancer death rates continue to decline, according to the American Cancer Society. But cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection most well known for causing genital warts and cervical cancer, is still largely a cause for concern. Recent reports have shown a rise in both oral and anal cancer caused by HPV in both women and men.

Oral infections of human papillomavirus, or HPV, affect nearly 7% of Americans, affecting three times as many men (10%) as women (3.6%).

In fact, HPV is now a more common cause of throat and other oral cancers than tobacco. So, the resounding answer is: