The Savage Nation

Oral sex is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses

Col. Richard Asami, 70, a staff dentist for the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry Division, cleans the teeth of Sgt. 1st Class Denise White-Phillips, the S-3 NCOIC for the 408th Personnel Service Battalion, at the Camp Adder dental clinic, May 9.


Five years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened.

He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of oral cancer among men.

Since then, scientists have made headway in figuring out why HPV, the human papillomavirus, has this glaring gender bias. Men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, a hard-to-detect, hard-to-treat disease that has overtaken cervical cancer as the most common HPV-related malignancy in the United States.

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