- Jul 16, 2001
Oral sex-related cancer at 30-year high - New Scientist, 2/28/08 - "The incidence of oral cancer due to a virus transmitted during oral sex has increased steeply over the last 30 years ... The rise was largest among young white males, suggesting this group is more likely to have oral sex at a younger age now than it was 20 years ago ... What is not in doubt, says Gillison, is the need to consider giving boys the HPV vaccine, to protect them from the disease ... These strains are also thought to cause oral cancer, as well as penile and anal cancer" - I don't think people realize how serious head and neck cancer is. The survival rate is only 25% if you get surgery and radiation and a lot less without the radiation. With the radiation, you fry your taste sensors, saliva glands and pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is responsible for a lot of important hormones so the best you can look forward to is a life with everything tasting like cardboard, a constantly annoying dry mouth and constant fatigue. With the surgery you can loose your vocal cords and end up breathing through a tube and disfigurement. See Roger Ebert. I refused radiation because I didn't want to live like that and somehow made it through it with just some scars. Anyway, that's my plug to get the vaccine even if you are a male.
Cancerous Growths: Mouth Growths - "if the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is only 25%"