STD could cause risk of oral cancer

2 November 2011

Healthcare research has found that there is a significant link between oral sex and cancer of the mouth.

Researchers at University College London Eastman Dental Institute found there is increasing evidence to show that mouth cancers are being caused by the Human Papilloma Virus, which also causes cervical cancer in women.

Professor Stephen Porter, director of the institute, said: "This virus is acquired sexually, for example [through] oral sex and there are now reports suggesting that this will become the major cause of oral cancer."

He added that the two main risk factors of oral cancer were previously alcohol and smoking, but this is transforming as more and more younger people are diagnosed with tumours.

For the whole of November, Mouth Cancer Awareness Month will raise the profile of the disease and the risk factors associated with it.

The project carries the message that early detection is vital and could save up to 30,000 lives in the next decade.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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