Bil Browning

I Am Sooo Screwed

Filed By Bil Browning | October 07, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living

Here I spent all those years perfecting my technique only to find out I'm killing myself... At least oral-sex.jpgI don't have to worry about smoking anymore.

A virus spread by oral sex may cause more cases of throat cancer in men than smoking, a finding that spurred calls for a new large-scale test of a drug used against the infection.
HPV-linked throat cancers, or orophyaryngeal cancer, are increasing so rapidly that by 2020 there will be 8,700 U.S. cases, with 7,400 cases in men, versus 7,700 cases of cervical cancer, the study said. Male cases alone will outnumber cervical cancer cases soon after 2020, Gillison said. The Ohio State study is based on tumor samples from several U.S. states.
Until recently, head and neck cancer mainly occurred in older patients and was associated with tobacco and alcohol use. The HPV-linked head and neck cancers, usually of the tonsils, palate or tongue, hit men their 30s, 40s, and 50s, Gillison said. It is unclear why women are affected much less often than men, she said.

That last line tees up a joke for straight men everywhere.

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....well, for that last line? DUH! The joke is married men only receive oral sex on their birthday (only if they've been really good) and Christmas.

But, it does high light an issue. HPV does occur in male as well as females. BOTH should get vaccinated against HPV to prevent HPV infections and prevent cancer. Since the cat is out of the bag in a lot of the population then increased screening of the affected population is in order.

dharmapupil | October 8, 2011 1:20 AM

The problem for some of us is that we don't fall into the under-26 category and are supposedly not suitable for the vaccine. At 59, single and still quite active, I have been begging healthcare workers for a vaccination since they created it and have been refused as "too old to benefit".

dharmapupil | October 8, 2011 1:21 AM

Oh, and HPV is also highly-implicated in anal and colon cancer in gay men...

Are M2F transsexuals included in this? Are you/we able to get the vaccine?

Om Kalthoum | October 9, 2011 2:11 PM

The take-away message: Girls, stick with girls who stick with girls!

"It is unclear why women are affected much less often than men, she said."

And you thought she was only being a prude when she said "I don't swallow..."