HPV-related oesophageal cancer is twice as common in men than it is in women, typically affected men in their 40s and 50s. The warning signs to look out for include red or white patches on your tongue; ulcers than don't heal in three weeks; swelling in your mouth that lasts more than three weeks; pain when swallowing; and feeling like something is stuck in your throat. But, as mentioned, the number of cases directly linked to HPV are still pretty low, so you don't need to start panicking about your sex life just yet. In short, there's very little research into who is most at risk but what has been done points towards men. Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP and clinical director of patient.
Sasha. Age: 20.
HPV is linked to most cervical cancer cases, which is why the NHS has rolled out a vaccination for eligible girls, and soon boys, to protect against the infection.
Briella. Age: 23.
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But experts have warned oral sex is fuelling a sharp rise in mouth cancer cases. WE all know unprotected sex puts you at risk of nasty diseases - and if you don't you should. But, as mentioned, the number of cases directly linked to HPV are still pretty low, so you don't need to start panicking about your sex life just yet. If you're worried about mouth cancer though, especially if you are showing signs, you should speak to a GP.