You might be surprised to learn that the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (hpv) is a leading cause of throat cancers, and it. 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. 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. 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. 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. It is transmitted to the mouth and throat mostly by performing oral sex and appears to cause about 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers. These cancers appear at the back of the throat, base of the. Monday, june 3 (healthday news) -- hollywood star michael douglas says oral sex caused his recent bout with throat cancer. Samadi confirms that the transmission of hpv (human papillomavirus) during oral sex can cause throat cancer in men and women. Following michael douglass recent announcement about his own.