An increase in tongue, throat, head and neck cancer linked to sharp increase in oral sex.

"It seems like a pretty good link that more sexual activity, particularly oral sex, is associated with increased HPV infection," said Dr. Greg Hartig, professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.

According to Dr. William Lydiatt, professor and chief of head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the incidence of cancers of the tonsil and base of the tongue have been going up over the past decades, he said.

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that younger people with head and neck cancers were more likely to have had multiple oral sex partners. Having six or more oral sex partners over a lifetime was associated with a 3.4 times higher risk for cancers of the base of the tongue, back of the throat or tonsils. Having 26 or more vaginal-sex partners tripled the risk.

More than half of 15- to 19-year-olds are practicing in oral sex according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, in some 90% of males and 88% of females aged 25 to 44 reported having oral sex with a partner of the opposite sex.

Oral sex is seen by teens as so casually that can take place at parties, possibly with multiple partners.
Its popularity seems to know no age limit. Fox News reports, “A second-grade Oakland teacher is on leave while the school investigates reports that students engaged in oral sex during class. There are also reports Markham Elementary School kids stripped off their clothes in class.”

There are four reasons given for the increase in oral sex. Peer pressure is a very strong influence in a teenager's life. But that is just one factor in a teen's decision to engage in sexual behavior. Reasons include:
•Teens believe oral sex keeps them safe from sexually transmitted diseases. They seem unaware that millions of teenagers become infected with STD's such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and herpes each year through oral sex.

•To avoid pregnancy. This sounds good, but the facts are that girls who practice oral sex will engage in vaginal sex within six months on average.

•To be popular but surveys show teens who engage in unsafe sex are not well liked among their peers. A Dear Abby article says, “DEAR ABBY: “This is difficult to write. My sister reads her children’s text messages after they’re asleep. She bragged to me about how popular her daughter “Naomi” — my 14-year-old niece — is because she’s giving oral sex to the boys.” (Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/15/2655436_dear-abby-mom-is-proud-of-teens.html?storylink=omni_popular#ixzz1E8d9ar1A).

•Societies approval. In recent years our culture has started laughing about sexual deviancy. Oral sex is laughed at on TV shows like Will and Grace. Our children are taught in school that oral sex is a healthy alternative to vaginal sex.

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