As main causing reason is considered the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted sexually
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As main causing reason is considered the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted sexually, including through oral sex.
Studies have found that certain cancers of the oropharynx and tonsils are probably caused by certain types of HPV.
The question of the relationship between papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancer rises in late 1980 and early 90s, said Dr. Otis Brough from the American Cancer Society. The researchers observed increased incidence of cancer among people who are not presumed to be predisposed to it.
The higher frequency begins to affect people around the age of 40 who do not smoke and drink alcohol. Until a few years for major risk factors for throat cancer were determined mainly tobacco and the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
Since 2000, scientists use the advantages of DNA testing and identification of HPV type 16 in subjects who developed malignant disease.
It is important to be known that sexual activity plays an essential role in the risk of developing throat cancer, says Dr. Otis Brough. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007, infection with HPV types 16 and the higher risk of oropharyngeal cancers occur in people who practiced oral sex with at least 6 different partners.
It is not yet clear how many are people that are affected by HPV infection of the throat due to oral sex and how they develop oropharyngeal cancer after that. But now experts know that this type of cancer caused by HPV, are easier to treat than those caused by factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption.