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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Health: Yuck Mouth

Not a pretty topic but one that needs to be written about. According to researchers oral sex can increase the risk of cancer. Fawnda threw up in her mouth a little bit as she was typing this blog, but that's okay, the revolution needs to be televised, so to speak. Many people enjoy oral sex. Fawnda will plead the fifth on that statement. Some people feel it's a way to prevent pregnancy and there are those Clueless Casanovas who are convinced it's a way to deny cheating because it allows risk-free sexual intimacy.
In additional to cancer, doctors say sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and human papilloma virus can take hold in parts of the oral cavity during sex with infected partners and that the oral contact can infect the genitals, too. HPV is a particularly scurrilous threat, since it incubates silently in the back of the mouth and is now linked to a dangerous form of throat cancer in both men and women similar to the one that arises in the cervix. Disgusted much?
Cases of oral cancer have been on the rise in men for the past 30 years. HPV is also the prime cause of cervical cancer.
Signs of Oral Cancer:
A sore on the lips, gums, or inside of your mouth that bleeds easily and doesn't heal
A lump or thickening in the cheek that you can feel with your tongue
Loss of feeling or numbness in any part of your mouth
White or red patches on the gums, tongue or inside of mouth
Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
Soreness or unexplained pain in your mouth, or feeling that something is caught in your throat with no known cause
Swelling of the jaw causing dentures to fit poorly
Change in voice

Fawnda is not saying stop your freaky ways. Just be careful before you lick..lick..lick..lick..lick the lollipop!

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At Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:19:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There goes lunch.


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