Can I Get Cancer From Oral Sex?

Can I Get Cancer From Oral Sex?

Yes, and the U.S. is seeing a sharp increase in the number of cases of oral and throat cancer among men, caused by HPV infections contracted during oral sex.

Learn more about HPV at the Center for Head and Neck Cancer.

This HPV-Oral Cancer infographic was compiled by the Department of Ear, Nose and Throat-Head and Neck Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System. Eric M. Genden, Health System Chair of the Department forged the HPV-related oral cancer diagnosis and treatment and was one of the first in the nation to embrace robotic surgery as a minimally invasive surgical solution for removing tumors from the mouth and throat. The infographic aims to:

  • Educate patients about HPV-related oral and throat cancers, specifically that yes, oral sex can cause HPV-related oral and throat cancers
  • Convey symptoms of HPV-related oral and throat cancers (hoarseness, consistent sore throat, pain/difficulty when swallowing, pain when chewing, lump in the neck or non-healing mouth sores)
  • Inform readers about how these cancers affect men and women (HPV-related oral and throat cancers are 6-7 times more common among men than women)
  • Correlate the number of sex partners to risk of HPV-related oral and throat cancers
  • Provide prevention tips for HPV-related oral and throat cancers (get the HPV vaccine if you are within the age limit, reduce intake of tobacco and alcohol, limit the number of sexual partners, get screened for oral/throat cancers

For more information, see our HPV-related Throat/Oral Cancer Frequently Asked Questions.

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