Throat Cancer and Sexual Activity
Are You At Risk?
Causes for HPV
Higher risk for those without vaccination.
6 or more oral sex partners
Smoking because regular, long-term, heavy smokers are 20 times more likely to develop some type of throat cancer compared to non-smokers. People who smoke are much less likely to clear the virus from their body. This is because smoking damages special protective cells in the skin called immune surveillance cells, allowing the virus to persist
Also alcohol because heavy, chronic alcohol consumption, particularly spirits, also raises the risk of developing throat cancer
Prevalence peaked in the 30-34 and 60-64 age groups
Currently, there is very little research that has looked at the possible risks from giving oral sex to a man compared to giving oral sex to a woman. But we do know that HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer is twice as common in men than women, and is most common in heterosexual men in their 40s and 50s (compared to the rates in homosexual men).