Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Health Officials Warn of Links Between Oral Sex, HPV, and Throat Cancer in Male Teens
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Health officials say there is important information that parents and teens need to know about -- oral sex is leading to throat cancer.
Most couples say talk about sex has not included oral sex and the link to throat cancer.
"Definitely not, definitely not," NC State junior Justin Maness said.
"I never thought that oral sex would come into play like that," NC State junior Leah Maxwell said.
But doctors say it has -- the human papillomavirus or HPV, which causes cervical cancer in woman, is now showing up in head and neck cancers with a rising number of cases in young men.
They say the type of throat cancer they're seeing in young men from HPV is the type they see in someone who's been smoking for years. . . .