Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Throat cancer linked to oral sex on the rise in Italy

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Rome, June 3 - Reports of throat cancer and related
illness are on the rise in Italy, especially among young people,
due in part to an increased incidence of oral sex, a specialist
said Monday.
The link between oral sex and disease came following
comments by actor Michael Douglas, who said his throat cancer
stemmed in part from the HPV virus transmitted through oral sex.
Estimates are that as many as 50% of oropharyngeal cancers
are attributable to the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus
transmitted via oral sex, said the president of the Italian
Society of Gynaecology (Sigo) Nicola Surico.
As many as 12,000 new cases of related tumours are reported
each year in Italy, said Surico.
In less severe cases, the HPV virus causes pre-cancerous
lesions treatable with lasers.
The best means of preventing the spread of HPV is to extend
the vaccination against the virus to young men, said Surico.
Currently, the vaccination is targeted at young women.
Thorough dental exams would also help in early detection.

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