increasing rates of hpv infection, spread through oral sex, is largely driving the rapid rise in oropharyngeal cancers, which include tumors of the throat, tonsils, and base of the tongue, said. the link between oral sex, hpv and cancer has been receiving more attention in recent years. You might be surprised to learn that the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (hpv) is a leading cause of throat cancers, and it. Theres very little research thats looked at the possible risks from giving oral sex to a man compared with giving oral sex to a woman. But we do know that hpv-related oropharyngeal cancer (the part of the throat directly behind the mouth) is twice as common in men than women, and is most common in heterosexual men in their 40s and 50s. Oral sex does not directly cause throat cancer, but it can spread hpv. Hpv can cause pre-cancerous changes in cells that may lead to throat cancer later on. Ralph boling about the rise of oral sex leading to throat cancer. The number of oral sex-related throat cancers are risingheres why. on sunday, in an interview with the guardian, actor michael douglas revealed that his throat cancer was not caused by tobacco and alcohol, but by hpv, which was transmitted through oral sex. He has since called the statement a misunderstanding, but its still true you can get throat cancer from hpv. In an eye-poppingly candid interview with the guardians xan brooks, douglas, who is. Its still unclear how many people get hpv throat infections by oral sex, or how many of them get oropharyngeal cancer, brawley reports.