He oral sex it’s already him major risk factor for throat cancer and doctors warn of the trend related to infections by the virus human papilloma. In Spain, in addition, this type of cancer is among the ten most diagnosed with some 8,000 new cases each year and oncologists are already warning of its rise.
According to a University of Birmingham study tobacco is not the main cause of this type of cancer but oral sex. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 adults practice oral sex and, with this new study, they would be 8.5 times more likely to develop throat cancer.
‘Four a day’ has chatted live with Jesús Tubío, cancer research doctorwhich has explained why oral sex is the main cause of this type of cancer so diagnosed in Spain.
“There are seven viruses that cause cancer and the human papillomavirus is one of them. We are more familiar with this virus than is believed, since it isThis virus is also the cause of cervical cancer in the woman… who has now reduced thanksprecisely at the vaccine against human papilloma”, says the expert.
“When only women are vaccinated, men have become the main transmitters of the virus… What has been seen in recent years is that men have begun to suffer, there is a higher incidence of oral cancers as a consequence of infections of this virus in men. In the end, 80% of the population at 44 years of age is infected with this virus, really it’s a global problem”, explains Jesús Tubío, a researcher, live on ‘Cuatro al día’.
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