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Oral sex linked to increase in throat cancers

Waikato Hospital ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr Julian White said increasing numbers of men are affected by HPV-related ...

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Waikato Hospital ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr Julian White said increasing numbers of men are affected by HPV-related cancers.

Oral sex is being blamed for growing rates of throat cancers among Kiwi men.

Incidences of cancer of the tonsils and back of the tongue in men has more than doubled in the past 25 years.

The latest figures from the New Zealand Cancer Registry – 2013 – show 96 men and 26 women were diagnosed that year with oropharynx cancers nationwide.

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