The researchers were only able to make predictions about likelihood of going on to develop cancer once infected. They also looked at registry data to see how common mouth and throat cancers were in people carrying these harmful oral HPV strains and found that it is still very rare: estimated at 7 in 1, men and 2 in 1, women. They included 9, people aged 20 to 59 who provided information about their number of oral sex partners and were tested for oral HPV. Arguably the fact that smoking particularly increased the risk of HPV-associated cancers could have been made more prominent in some of the reporting. Men who perform oral sex on their partners are more likely to get a rare form of mouth and throat cancer. The research looked at a range of risk factors but the headlines focused mostly on oral sex. Where did the story come from?
Sariyah. Age: 29.
It was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Annals of Oncology, and the article is free to read online.
Olive. Age: 25.
Men who perform oral sex on women 'more at risk of mouth and throat cancers'
The UK media's headlines for this story were generally misleading. You would need a very large cohort population to produce any meaningful data. Published online October 19