Experts reveal why men are four times more likely to get cancer from oral sex than women

Studies have found men are more likely to contract and harbour the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) than women – and reason behind it is out of their control

(Sofia Pektar/ The Sun) — MEN are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with oral cancer, as studies suggest a lower immune system could be behind this.

Research has found men who perform oral sex on their female partners have a higher than average chance of developing an oral cancer triggered by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

While sexual norms and fewer inhibitions have played a role in this alarming trend, scientists now say the male immune system is the real problem. Research has found that compared with women, men are more likely to be infected with HPV and its “high-risk” cancerous strains. Men are also less able to get rid of the infection through the body’s natural defences, harbouring the virus for longer periods of time.

Ashish A. Deshmukh, a University of Florida HPV researcher, said: “There is good evidence that men acquire oral infections more readily than women, even if they have similar sex practices. (…)

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