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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50 Comments on "Oral Sex Causes Cancer"

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Anonymous | Feb 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm |

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

  4. Rex Vestri | Feb 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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 🙂

  7. WhiteRose | Feb 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm |

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

  8. WhiteRose | Feb 2, 2011 at 11:23 am |

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

  9. BULL!!!

  10. BULL!!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. CancerVirusGirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm |

    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.

  14. CancerVirusGirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm |

    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.

    • 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…

  15. Mormonsanta | Feb 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm |

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

  16. Hamsanath437 | Feb 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm |

    most depressing article ever

  17. Mormonsanta | Feb 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

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

  18. Hamsanath437 | Feb 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm |

    most depressing article ever

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

    /meh.

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

    /meh.

  21. Hadrian999 | Feb 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm |

    a long life without oral sex seems like a punishment

  22. Hadrian999 | Feb 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm |

    a long life without oral sex seems like a punishment

  23. grooveboss | Feb 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm |

    the virus causes cancer not oral sex

  24. grooveboss | Feb 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm |

    the virus causes cancer not oral sex

  25. Mormonsanta | Feb 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm |

    Sodosmosis?

  26. Mormonsanta | Feb 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

    Sodosmosis?

  27. justagirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |

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

  28. justagirl | Feb 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm |

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

  29. 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!)

  30. 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!)

  31. grooveboss | Feb 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm |

    <3

  32. 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…

  33. I guess I’ll be getting cancer, because I’m not stopping 🙂

  34. I guess I’ll be getting cancer, because I’m not stopping 🙂

  35. Hadrian999 | Feb 3, 2011 at 12:36 am |

    and i was hoping for a virus that causes oral sex

  36. Mcjustmatt | Feb 3, 2011 at 1:54 am |

    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?

  37. Mcjustmatt | Feb 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm |

    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?

  38. jebus christ | Feb 3, 2011 at 6:35 am |

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

  39. jebus christ | Feb 3, 2011 at 2:35 am |

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

  40. 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?

  41. 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?

  42. Not getting any oral sex causes depression and alcoholism..

  43. Not getting any oral sex causes depression and alcoholism..

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. msdisenchanted | Jun 11, 2011 at 5:59 am |

    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! 

  47. msdisenchanted | Jun 11, 2011 at 1:59 am |

    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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