June 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #40786
HPV a growing cause of upper throat cancer
June 03, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
ATLANTA (AP) Doctors have known for some time that a sexually spread virus can cause some types of oral cancer. But actor Michael Douglas’ comments on his own throat cancer in a newspaper story Monday threw a spotlight on a subject not often discussed.
And it raises a lot of questions:
What virus can cause oral cancer?
HPV, the human papillomavirus. It’s best known for causing cervical cancer and genital warts. It also can be spread by oral sex, and men are more susceptible than women. It is a growing cause of certain types of oral cancer those in the upper throat, at the base of the tongue and in the tonsils.
Indeed, studies suggest that HPV can be blamed for 60 to 80 percent of cancers of the upper throat.
What’s the risk of getting oral cancer from performing oral sex?
About 2.5 million Americans are estimated to have oral HPV infections. But only about 14,000 cases of that type of cancer are expected this year, suggesting the risk of developing this cancer is low.
The virus is hard to avoid. As many as 75 percent of sexually active men and women will be infected with it at some point. Most people clear the infection on their own within two years. Some, however, have difficulty ridding themselves of HPV. And in some cases, the virus creeps down through tiny fissures in the base of the tongue or in the tonsils to lodge deep in the tissue.
Those deep-settling infections can become dangerous cancers that often aren’t diagnosed until they’re at a late stage, experts say.
What are the symptoms for upper throat cancer?
Symptoms can include a sore throat that doesn’t go away, pain or trouble swallowing, a lump in the back of the throat, ear pain and voice changes.
Men are at greater risk?
Apparently, yes. A small study in Baltimore found men accounted for about 85 percent of recent HPV-related oral cancers, said Dr. Sara Pai, a Johns Hopkins University researcher.
Experts believe men have lower amounts of antibody protection against HPV, she added.
What should I do if my girlfriend or boyfriend has an HPV infection?
Abstain from oral sex, experts advise, though if you’ve had sex you likely were already infected. And use condoms during vaginal intercourse.
How do I know if my partner has an HPV infection?
Usually there aren’t symptoms, though there may be genital warts. Or a woman might learn from her gynecological exam that she has it. But there is no such testing for men.
If a woman had an infection but subsequent tests suggest it’s gone, is it safe to have oral sex with her again?
Probably. Bear in mind that if you are her partner, you’ve probably been exposed already.
The issue is not so much whether or not people are exposed to HPV. Rather, it’s that some people develop cancer from exposure and some do not, said Dr. Maura Gillison, an HPV expert at Ohio State University.
Is there a greater risk from a person who’s had many sex partners?
Yes, that’s the greatest risk factor. HPV is highly communicable, so it only takes sex with one partner to infect you. But the more partners, the greater the chance you’ve been exposed, Gillison said.
Isn’t there a vaccine against HPV that’s available to males?
Yes, but it’s recommended for boys before they first have sex. Experts say it generally doesn’t work after someone’s already been exposed to HPV. There is some work being done on a therapeutic vaccine against HPV, but such a treatment is believed to be many years away, at best.
Is the risk for oral cancer greater from tobacco or alcohol?
Tobacco especially has been fingered as the cause of most cancers in the head and neck, including in the voice box and at the front of the tongue. Alcohol is believed to be a contributor, too. But cancers of the upper throat are mainly tied to HPV.
What happened to Michael Douglas?
In 2010, Douglas announced that after seeking treatment for a very sore throat, he was diagnosed with a tumor at the base of his tongue. Because of the location of the cancer, some experts had wondered if it was related to HPV, but Douglas had a history of smoking and drinking and did not go into detail.
Since then, the 68-year-old Douglas has been free of cancer for more than two years after receiving extensive chemotherapy and has returned to acting. On Monday, The Guardian newspaper in England published an interview Monday in which Douglas said HPV is a cause of the kind of cancer he’d suffered.June 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm #40787
Dental dams are suggested for cunnilingus for safe sex.June 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm #40789
Of course it wouldn’t be his drinking, smoking or indiscriminate choice of multiple sex partners now would it?
see this article from NATURAL NEWS
Michael Douglas may be a cunning linguist, but his cancer explanations still make no sense
Thursday, June 06, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles…)
(NaturalNews) With his recent declaration that he “got cancer” by performing oral sex on too many women — and here’s the proof recording of him saying this even though he later denied it — actor Michael Douglas joins the long list of Hollywood celebrities who embarrass themselves by repeating absurd lies told to them by cancer doctors. According to Douglas, it was not his smoking, drinking, stressful lifestyle and substance abuse that caused his cancer… no, it was all those “deadly vaginas” says hilarious radio guest Liam Scheff on the Robert Scott Bell Show. Download the June 4, 2013 archives to listen:
If having oral sex with women gives you cancer, then Charlie Sheen should be the world’s most monstrous walking tumor. But he isn’t. That’s because oral sex doesn’t cause cancer. It’s a delusional medical myth dreamed up by the vaccine industry to sell HPV vaccines to the masses by linking them to common sex acts.
No wonder the American Cancer Society just gave Michael Douglas an award. It’s the “Cunning Linguist” award! Because he’s so good with words, you see. Especially when teaching people about why they should all run out and get shot up with HPV vaccines.
Why I cringe every time a Hollywood celebrity declares something about cancer
By the way, I don’t enjoy covering movie stars and their cancer adventures. It pains me to even cover Michael Douglas, as I always feel some level of compassion for all these celebrities (including Angelina Jolie) who are duped by the cancer industry. At one level, they are only doing the best they can given the very limited, distorted information they’ve told by conventional cancer doctors.
On the other hand, it has to be stated that if you want a poster boy for why NOT to listen to the cancer industry, just look at Michael Douglas. This is a man who went from being vibrant, glowing and full of life to looking exhausted and hollow following chemotherapy treatments. That’s what chemotherapy does to you, of course: it gives you cancer while destroying your body.
Sadly, nobody ever explained to Michael Douglas that the No. 1 side effect of chemotherapy is, scientifically speaking, more cancer. They probably also never told him that other side effects of chemo include permanent brain damage, liver damage and kidney damage. This organ damage then impairs the body’s ability to detoxify itself from dietary and environmental poisons, further accelerating the person’s aging.
Too many celebrities are killed by the cancer industry
Sadly, Michael Douglas may soon join a long list of celebrities who died not from cancer, but from cancer treatments. Those who made similar mistakes include Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Jennings and Tony Snow. There are many more, but you get the point.
It saddens me to see people of such fame and fortune allowing themselves to be sacrificed by the cancer industry. If they had only been able to see documentaries like Cut, Poison, Burn, then they would have at least been able to make more informed decisions about their cancer treatment options.
The conventional cancer industry is so delusional that it pretends nothing exists outside its monopoly-protected chemo, radiation and surgery. Yet the world is full of cancer treatments and cures that are successfully used every day by people all over the world.
Don’t expect to hear about them from many celebrities, however. Although some are well-informed about natural medicine and holistic therapies, very few speak out.
Suzanne Somers shines with the voice of truth and courage
Suzanne Somers is probably the most courageous in raising her voice about natural cancer treatment options. Her book “Knockout” is a must-read for anyone wanting to survey what’s available in the world of holistic, non-toxic cancer treatments.
But instead of being praised as a courageous, informed woman seeking answers to empower other women, Suzanne is of course viciously attacked by the cancer industry and the mainstream media over her book. That’s to be expected, though: anyone who steps on the toes of the highly profitable cancer industry must expect to be targeted with unfair, slanderous and utterly fabricated accusations by the popular press.
Because if there’s one thing the media doesn’t want people to know about cancer, it’s the truth — that you can halt cancer, prevent cancer and even reverse cancer. Cancer vaccines are a medical hoax. Conventional cancer treatments cause cancer and turn cancer patients into repeat customers for the sick-care medical system.
You’ll never hear the cancer industry empowering people with information about vitamin D for prevention, or how to select anti-cancer foods at the grocery store, or how to avoid cancer-causing chemicals in personal care products, cosmetics, hair dyes and laundry detergents. Nope, that information isn’t offered to you. Instead, you get treated to absolutely laughable nonsense like Michael Douglas saying his cancer was caused by some other woman’s crotch but not his smoking habit.
The TSA is checking us all for crotch cancer
If crotches are so deadly, then now I suddenly understand why the TSA needs to reach down all our pants: They’re looking for deadly HPV strains in order to protect air passengers from dying of cancer. Or maybe the TSA is actually looking to spread HPV from one traveler to another, which is why they never change their blue latex examination gloves between crotch examinations. (Seriously, have you ever watched them closely? There’s a good reason why I don’t fly anymore…)
Now it all makes sense. Oh, and by the way. Now Michael Douglas claims he never said what he said about oral sex and his cancer. You just heard him wrong when he said, precisely, “without getting too specific, this particular cancer is caused by something called HPV, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” Click here to hear the actual recording.
Oh snap! All this time I thought he was talking about being a cunning linguist! It’s all my fault, of course. His publicist is probably correct when he recently called me a master debater.June 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm #40791
Personally, if I feel the person I’m having sex / oral sex
with . . . has a questionable enough background where I feel it
necessary to use “protection”, then I’m not having sex with
that person.June 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm #40793
Link to info site below.
A vaccine called Gardasil has been developed that protects against the two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18), which cause 70% of cervical cancers in women and 90% of all HPV-related cancers in men. It also protects against two low-risk HPV types (types 6 and 11), which cause 90% of genital warts.
Australia’s Professor Ian Frazer and his team at the University of Queensland discovered how to make the vaccine particles, which form the basis of the HPV vaccine.
Gardasil is used in the school-based National HPV Vaccination Program.
Another vaccine called Cervarix is available, which protects against the same two high-risk HPV types (types 16 and 18). It does not protect against low-risk HPV types which cause genital warts. Some doctors may recommend this vaccine rather than Gardasil.
Over 97 million doses of Gardasil have been given safely, in over 120 countries around the world.
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