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7 Things You Probably Had No Idea Can Cause Cancer

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7. Risky Sex

In the United States, about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections are thought to occur each year during vaginal, anal or oral sex or during genital touching. Several strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common STI, are linked to some mouth and throat cancers, almost all cervical cancers, and some anal cancers.

Doctors report more of these cancers, once considered rare in young people, are now showing up in higher numbers.

Aside from abstinence, experts suggest that not smoking, correctly using condoms during sex, and limiting the number of sexual partners will reduce your risk.

While condom use is highly recommended, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns, “HPV infection can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered.”

It is unknown whether condoms prevent HPV infections, the CDC says, however, “condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer.”


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Reviewed September 22, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Its also been shown conclusively that being alive is also associated with a greater risk of cancer!

The words 'everything in moderation' is always the best policy from exercise (yes too much exercise can be bad for you as too little!) to eating a varied diet to the amount of sun exposure!

October 14, 2014 - 4:02pm
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