By Kay Quinn, Healthbeat Reporter, KSDK.com
St. Louis, MO (KSDK) – It may seem like the most unlikely of pairings: sex and cancer. But a sexually transmitted disease is responsible for causing a rising number of cases of tumors.
On our “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer” segment, we answer the question: how does sex raise my risk of cancer?
“They estimate that 50 percent of men and women will acquire HPV at some point in their life,” says Dr. Siobhan Sutcliffe, an epidemiologist at Siteman Cancer Center, quoting statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. You get it through sex or genital contact with someone who is infected. But because the majority of people with it have no symptoms, and most are never tested for it, you’ll likely never know if you’ve had it.
Right now, about 20 million Americans have HPV, and another 6 million people will become newly infected this year.
“So lots of people get infected, it may persist for a little while and then the body clears it,” says Dr. Sutcliffe.
[Note from SaneVax: Yet another example of fear-mongering, to promote compliance. No mention of the fact that even though half of the population may acquire an HPV infection during their lifetime, over 90% of those will clear on their own with no clinical symptoms. Of the ten percent left, only 1% will ever progress to cervical cancer. Medical consumers need to know the truth about the real risks of HPV infections before they can decide whether HPV vaccines are a viable option for them. It is a long road from having sex to potentially getting cancer……medical consumers need facts, not sensational headlines.]