New study finds 'conclusive' link between oral sex and cancer
A new study has found that oral sex can spread a virus that increases the risk of threat cancer.
The research found that people with HPV-16 were 22 times more likely to develop throat cancer.
It is now believed that oral sex could be the main way this type of human papillomavirus which is a leading cause of cervical cancer, ends up in the mouth.
The study, which was conducted by JAMA Oncology has shown conclusively that HPV-16 in the mouth leads to oropharyngeal cancer.
The study which analysed mouthwash samples from 97,000 people found that those with HPV-16 in their samples were 22times more likely to develop throat cancer.
Dr Ilir Agalliu from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, US, said the study showed the “easily collected” samples could help predict people’s cancer risk.