Dr. Chinonso Egemba, a public health expert, has warned Nigerian couples against engaging in oral s3x without using protection, noting that it increases the risk of contracting throat cancer.
Egemba who spoke in a video posted on his Instagram handle, @aproko_doctor, the physician said, “I hope you know that there’s a particular virus known as the human papillomavirus, they are plenty and if you have already started having sex, you likely would have contracted at least one strain of them.
“One thing they can cause is cancer so if you are using your tongue. It can cause cancer of the throat because if by mistake you contract the virus, that can cause cancer – those high-risk ones – it gets to your throat and starts spreading.
“So how do you protect yourself, because some of you have sworn that you are never going to stop having oral sex, it’s simple, any time you want to perform oral s3x with a new partner or a partner that you have not confirmed their health status, please do it with a condom on.”
According to the Australian Cancer Organisation, throat cancer generally refers to cancers that start in the pharynx or larynx (voice box), but can also refer to cancers that start in the oesophagus (food pipe) or thyroid.
The ACO also explained that some cancers which begin in the throat area, as well as the tongue, salivary glands, sinuses, nose, or ear, are classified as head and neck cancers.