Thursday, June 12, 2008

Not to offend anybody or anything, but...

Perez Hilton did one of his posts on this article which he of course did in a sort of funny, make-fun-of-it sort of way, but I actually read the whole article and was very interested and surprised. The article heading is "Oral sex blamed for throat cancer rise."

I wouldn't normally talk about something like that here, that would be more left for my MySpace where it's more a personal blog and I can talk about those sorts of things, except this is actually a serious medical thing so I thought I would go ahead and post it here, I mean we are all adults after all. :o)

Anyway, the article starts out talking about a girl who had to go through five months of treatment for a life-threatening case of throat cancer caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) which is causing increasing concern among some researchers who think it is causing a small-scale epidemic of throat cancer.

With 6,000 cases per year and an annual increase of up to 10 per cent in men younger than 60, some researchers say the HPV-linked throat cancers could overtake cervical cancer in the next decade.

This is so scary and just goes to show that people really need to educate themselves and their children on the importance of safe sex, not just intercourse, but all sexual contact.

The makers of Gardasil, a vaccine for HPV, hopes to submit an application this year to the US Food and Drug Administration for use of its HPV vaccine in males.

Read the whole story here.

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