Oral Sex Causes Cancer

Two views of Clara Jacobi, a Dutch woman who had a tumor removed from her neck in 1689. Includes text which describes the tumor and its removal.

Two views of Clara Jacobi, a Dutch woman who had a tumor removed from her neck in 1689.

No doubt conservative Christians are going to make hay with this, claiming they knew it was a sin all along… Amanda Gardner reports on a new study showing that oral sex may be a principal cause of head and neck cancers, in USA Today:

There’s a worrisome uptick in the incidence of certain head and neck cancers among middle-aged and even younger Americans, and some experts link the trend to a rise in the popularity of oral sex over the past few decades.

That’s because the human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major trigger for these cancers, and HPV can be transmitted through this type of sexual activity.

“It seems like a pretty good link that more sexual activity, particularly oral sex, is associated with increased HPV infection,” said Dr. Greg Hartig, professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

According to Dr. William Lydiatt, professor and chief of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the overall incidence of head and neck cancers is going down, largely because fewer people are smoking (tobacco and drinking are the major traditional risk factors).

But the incidence of cancers of the tonsil and base of the tongue have been going up over the past decades, he said. And those are the ones that are more likely to test positive for HPV…

[continues in USA Today]

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  • anon

    So it must be oral sex because “smoking and drinking have decreased”. I’m not sure where these researchers are getting their information from, but I’m guessing alot of those people are lying about their weekend binge drinking. I call BS

  • anon

    So it must be oral sex because “smoking and drinking have decreased”. I’m not sure where these researchers are getting their information from, but I’m guessing alot of those people are lying about their weekend binge drinking. I call BS

  • Anonymous

    These sinners are feeling the wrath of JEEBUS for their knob-polishing/clam-lapping evil ways!

  • Rex Vestri

    These sinners are feeling the wrath of JEEBUS for their knob-polishing /clam-lapping evil ways! ;)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Sweet Irony! Christians could reduce cancer and look like heroes by railing against oral sex…

    …but then they’d have to mention it out loud while educating people about it…

    …zero sum game :-)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Sweet Irony! Christians could reduce cancer and look like heroes by railing against oral sex…

    …but then they’d have to mention it out loud while educating people about it…

    …zero sum game :-)

  • WhiteRose

    Was Clara working in the Red Light district…. damnnnnnnnnnnnn that’s a big tuuuuuuuumor!

  • WhiteRose

    Was Clara working in the Red Light district…. damnnnnnnnnnnnn that’s a big tuuuuuuuumor!

  • Bobh

    BULL!!!

  • Bobh

    BULL!!!

  • homagos

    i say the rise in cancers ad other illness is largley due to the rise of what they put in our foods. processed artificial foods and all their additives and preservatives etc.

  • homagos

    i say the rise in cancers ad other illness is largley due to the rise of what they put in our foods. processed artificial foods and all their additives and preservatives etc.

  • CancerVirusGirl

    HPV is known to cause many types of cancer, including cancer of the cervix, penis, anus and mouth. It’s even been referred to as “the second most important cause of lung cancer”.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19019488

    This is old news. People who don’t believe it are just defending a practice they enjoy without understanding the basics of cancer virology.

  • CancerVirusGirl

    HPV is known to cause many types of cancer, including cancer of the cervix, penis, anus and mouth. It’s even been referred to as “the second most important cause of lung cancer”.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19019488

    This is old news. People who don’t believe it are just defending a practice they enjoy without understanding the basics of cancer virology.

    • Jordan

      Yes… someone said it. This story is old. This is the MOST common sexually transmitted infection. So much so: “Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.”

      http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm

      And dare I even ask wtf this has to do with Christianity? Uh, because all Christians don’t have sex and hate those who do? God ‘punishes’ sinners with huge tumors on their necks? I’m constantly amazed…

  • Mormonsanta

    My gut tells me this has more to do with the “observer effect”…

  • Hamsanath437

    most depressing article ever

  • Mormonsanta

    My gut tells me this has more to do with the “observer effect”…

  • Hamsanath437

    most depressing article ever

  • http://twitter.com/_wait_what _will_s_

    this jives well with my personal belief that ANYTHING i enjoy is potentially deadly.

    /meh.

  • http://twitter.com/_wait_what _will_s_

    this jives well with my personal belief that ANYTHING i enjoy is potentially deadly.

    /meh.

  • Hadrian999

    a long life without oral sex seems like a punishment

  • Hadrian999

    a long life without oral sex seems like a punishment

  • grooveboss

    the virus causes cancer not oral sex

  • grooveboss

    the virus causes cancer not oral sex

    • Hadrian999

      and i was hoping for a virus that causes oral sex

  • Mormonsanta

    Sodosmosis?

  • Mormonsanta

    Sodosmosis?

  • justagirl

    i suppose this article would be voted least likely to be shared with friends. ya know?…

    • grooveboss

      <3

  • justagirl

    i suppose this article would be voted least likely to be shared with friends. ya know?…

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    If only there were a vaccine!

    Oh, wait, there IS an HPV vaccine?

    And the Christians want to BLOCK people from getting it?

    WHY DO CHRISTIANS LOVE CANCER?!

    (That, researchers, is how you make a false correlation!)

  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    If only there were a vaccine!

    Oh, wait, there IS an HPV vaccine?

    And the Christians want to BLOCK people from getting it?

    WHY DO CHRISTIANS LOVE CANCER?!

    (That, researchers, is how you make a false correlation!)

  • grooveboss

    <3

  • Jordan

    Yes… someone said it. This story is old. This is the MOST common sexually transmitted infection. So much so: “Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years.”

    http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm

    And dare I even ask wtf this has to do with Christianity? Uh, because all Christians don’t have sex and hate those who do? God ‘punishes’ sinners with huge tumors on their necks? I’m constantly amazed…

  • Yazi

    I guess I’ll be getting cancer, because I’m not stopping :)

  • Yazi

    I guess I’ll be getting cancer, because I’m not stopping :)

  • Hadrian999

    and i was hoping for a virus that causes oral sex

  • Mcjustmatt

    WHATEVER!!! yo there is URANIUM ADDED TO our water supply, and the rise in GMO foods, chemtrails, pollution. blah blah blah. oral sex seems like the most bulllshit thing ever. And what is with that dutch woman?

  • Mcjustmatt

    WHATEVER!!! yo there is URANIUM ADDED TO our water supply, and the rise in GMO foods, chemtrails, pollution. blah blah blah. oral sex seems like the most bulllshit thing ever. And what is with that dutch woman?

  • jebus christ

    Fuck!!! Now how am I gonna get girls to blow me!!!

  • jebus christ

    Fuck!!! Now how am I gonna get girls to blow me!!!

  • Vera

    It can’t be that young and middle-aged people are more likely to have a damn phone glued to their face or anything, right?

  • Vera

    It can’t be that young and middle-aged people are more likely to have a damn phone glued to their face or anything, right?

  • Dunzain

    Not getting any oral sex causes depression and alcoholism..

  • Dunzain

    Not getting any oral sex causes depression and alcoholism..

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    THIS IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS REPORT AND THEREFORE AN IRRESPONSIBLE REPORT BY DISINFORMATION. One study is not proof that any phenomenon is actually occurring. Correlation does not imply causation. Please educate yourselves about the scientific method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    THIS IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE NEWS REPORT AND THEREFORE AN IRRESPONSIBLE REPORT BY DISINFORMATION. One study is not proof that any phenomenon is actually occurring. Correlation does not imply causation. Please educate yourselves about the scientific method: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

  • msdisenchanted

    The junk news report claims “tonsil and tongue cancers are up”.  My questions: 
    Who in our population has said cancer?  Men?  Women? Children? Chickens”  Kittens? 
    How many?  1 out of 100?  Ratios of diagnosed Males and Females?
    Age?  Infant?  Elderly?
    Where do these cancer diagnosed people live?  Canada?  Cancun?  California?  Carson City?  

    This story is yet another example of midiocrity, misinformation and misogyny in media.
    Fewer smake and drink?  yeah right!  Maybe because they die faster from all the toxins in the poisoned potions and processed puff sticks! 

  • msdisenchanted

    The junk news report claims “tonsil and tongue cancers are up”.  My questions: 
    Who in our population has said cancer?  Men?  Women? Children? Chickens”  Kittens? 
    How many?  1 out of 100?  Ratios of diagnosed Males and Females?
    Age?  Infant?  Elderly?
    Where do these cancer diagnosed people live?  Canada?  Cancun?  California?  Carson City?  

    This story is yet another example of midiocrity, misinformation and misogyny in media.
    Supposedly fewer of our simple minded herd smoke and drink?  Sure! Only because they die faster from all the toxins in the poisoned potions and processed puff sticks!  My conclusion: I’d rather die happy and satified from a feast of fine lovemaking than live forever frigid and frustrated!

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