HPV and oral cancer

[KMSP Fox 9 News, June 03, 2013] Actor Michael Douglas says he believes he contracted throat cancer from oral sex and not from smoking or drinking.

HPV is known to cause cervical cancer, but it also presents a risk for oral cancers.

"You really can't protect yourself from HPV because it's everywhere," said Dr. Frank Rhame, Allina Medical Clinic - The Doctors Uptown, who has been treating STDs for 30 years.

According to Rhame, anyone who has ever had a wart has had HPV, but two particular strains -- HPV 16 and 18 -- can cause cancer. In fact, the virus is the main cause of throat cancer in men between the ages of 35 and 65.

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