Oh no… say it ain’t so!!!
But wait. Before you fellas stop eating our tacos altogether, maybe you should just be a lil more discriminatory in the practice.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus known for infecting the sexual organs of both males and females and in rare cases, HPV can also cause warts in the throat.
Well, according to a new study by the Journal of Clinical Oncology and reported by Bloomberg News, there has been a surge in the number of cases in which the sexually transmitted virus is linked to cancerous throat tumors in men.
Researchers studied 271 cases of throat tumors and found that the percentage linked to HPV had jumped to 72 percent by 2004 (up from 16 percent two decades earlier).
According to the study, by the year 2020 cases of cervical cancer linked to HPV will be overshadowed by cases of throat cancer linked to the virus.
The rise in cases appears to be a link between the number of sexual partners and exposure to HPV.
Oncologist Maura Gillison of Ohio State University, the study’s senior author, told Bloomberg the new cancers are hitting men in their 30s to 50s, and researchers don’t know why women are not affected as much.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no treatment for the virus itself, only for the diseases that HPV can cause, such as genital warts and cervical cancer.
There are vaccines on the market to help ward off virus, Cervarix and Gardasil. The vaccines are given in three shots and are most effective when given to young girls. Both vaccines can also help prevent oral cancers, according to the CDC. (source)
This news is serious! But the big question is…
Are all you “whoreish” men willing to change your eating habits now that you know it could kill you?