Increased popularity in oral sex may be a leading cause in throat cancer, says a recent study. HPV or human papillomavirus has been found to be a larger risk factor than alcohol or tobacco usage.
Dr Ezra Cohen of the University of Chicago Medical Centre said, "It's almost a new disease, in a sense. It's now becoming a dominant sub-type of the disease that we see in our clinic.”
The number of cervical cancer cases may be beaten by HPV throat cancer cases with in the next 10 years if the trend continues. Data has shown that the number of HPV throat cases has increased about 1 percent each year.