Can Oral Sex Really Lead To Cancer?

Can Oral Sex Really Lead To CancerActor Michael Douglas made headlines on Monday after telling The Guardian that his throat cancer may have been caused by the human papillomavirus transmitted through oral sex.

‘One possible cause’

HPV is a virus that’s transmitted through sexual contact — genital or oral. There are more than 40 types, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected. Most people have no symptoms.

“HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives,” the CDC’s website states. “In most cases, the virus goes away and it does not lead to any health problems. There is no certain way to know which people infected with HPV will go on to develop cancer.”

Douglas’ publicist told CNN that the actor did not intend to point to HPV as the sole cause of his throat cancer, but was suggesting it as one possible cause. Did oral sex bring about Michael Douglas’ cancer diagnosis? Not exactly.


HPV is thought to cause 1,700 oropharyngeal, or throat, cancers in women and 6,700 oropharyngeal cancers in men each year, according to the CDC. Tobacco and alcohol use may play a role in who develops cancer from the virus, the government agency notes. The virus is transmissible regardless of whether the sexual contact is heterosexual or homosexual.

HPV has also been linked to cervical cancer, penile cancer and anal cancer, according to the CDC. The HPV vaccine prevents the most common types of the virus. There are two approved for use in the United States: Gardasil and Cervarix.

Of course, HPV is not the only danger of having unprotected oral sex. Sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea and HIV can be also be spread through the act. To stay safe, the CDC recommends always using a condom and getting tested regularly.

Do you believe oral sex can indeed lead to cancer? Feel free to throw in your thoughts regarding this health issue!

Source: Jacque Wilson, CNN


NBC Sportscaster Al Michaels Arrested On DUI Charge

NBC Sportscaster Al Michaels Arrested On DUI ChargeAccording to a report from TMZ, sportscaster Al Michaels was arrested on Friday night for suspicion of DUI.

‘Field sobriety’

Al Michaels — perhaps the most well-known sportscaster in the world — was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Michaels went through a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday and when he spoke to officers, they detected an odor of alcohol.

We’re told he was pulled over and given a field sobriety and after performing poorly, he was placed under arrest. Michaels was released from jail at 4:15 AM on Saturday on his own recognizance.

‘Reportedly cooperative’

Via TMZ’s report, Michaels posted a “.08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests.” The legal blood-alcohol content in most states is 0.08. He was also reportedly cooperative with law enforcement agents.

Michaels is one of the most famous sports announcers in the country and currently handles the play-by-play duties for the Sunday Night Football broadcasts alongside former NFL player Cris Collinsworth, a post he took in 2006.

Do you think NBC should take some disciplinary action against Al Michaels for getting arrested for DUI? Or should they just give the man a break?

Source: Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News