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New oral sex-cancer link is ‘extremely disturbing’

A clear link has been made between mouth cancer and the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV), reports the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).

A simple oral rinse has been hailed as a potential lifesaver – studies show the rinse could help spot HPV occurrences early and prevent their spread.

New research has also suggested the Gardasil vaccine, currently prescribed for cervical cancer, may prove effective for males in preventing HPV.

The cancer virus is transmitted through oral sex, and is thought to contribute to the doubling of mouth cancers in young men in the last decade.

Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter described the link as ‘extremely disturbing', speaking during Mouth Cancer Action Week in November.

Leading US HPV expert Maura Gillison MD PhD – who discovered the link between HPV and oral cancer, plus the further risks in taking multiple sexual partners – published new research on HPV links as the oral rinse on November 15, the eve of the 2008 Action Week.

Foundation chief executive Dr Nigel Carter BDS LDS (RCS) said the research must now move people to take action to protect themselves from mouth cancer.

‘As young people become more sexually active, this link certainly helps to explain the disturbing rise in mouth cancer cases among younger men,' said Dr Carter.

‘In the last 10 years, the percentage of males under the age of 45 with mouth cancer has risen by almost a third.

‘New techniques and treatments are vital to our population's health as we take action against this disease. We hope, in the first place, the public will heed our campaign slogan: “if in doubt, get checked out.'

Gillison linked 20,000 new cases of mouth cancer to HPV over a five-year period, arguing the risks posed are a worrying new trend.

HPV, the most common sexually transmitted virus, is already accountable for 98% of cervical cancers.

 Posted on : Mon 24th - Nov - 2008

 

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