A young doctor says oral sex is a greater risk factor than smoking in the development of throat cancer.
Dr. Daria Sadovskaya made the declaration in a viral TikTok video — despite the American Cancer Society citing tobacco use as the No.1 risk factor for the illness, known as oropharyngeal cancer.
“Are you saying oral sex is proven to be the number one cause of throat cancer?” one TikTok user asked Sadovskaya, who responded with a video bluntly stating: “I said what I said.”
The American Cancer Society does cite oral sex as one potential cause of throat cancer, given that the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, can be transmitted during the act.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, with an estimated 13 million new cases in the US each year. It is so prevalent that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly all sexually active men and women get the virus at some point in their lives.”
While HPV usually goes away on its own within two years, most people don’t realize they have it, meaning they can unwittingly spread the disease.
“Men are more likely to develop throat cancer performing oral sex on women, as women are more likely to carry the [HPV] virus in their genital area,” Sadovskya stated.
Indeed, men were more significantly impacted by HPV-linked oropharyngeal cancer, with diagnosis rates rising 2.8% annually in men from 2015 to 2019, according to the ACS.
(Article via nypost)