A Gynaecologist from the Tamale Teaching Hospital has issued a word of warning to men who practice oral sex.
According to Dr Hawa Malechi, oral sex can cause throat cancer to men who involve themselves in it. She added that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer can also cause cancer of the penis known medically as penile cancer as well as throat cancer.
Marking the National Cervical Cancer forum under the auspices of the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, she emphasized that the virus being a sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in other areas of the body apart of the cervix.
“The virus that is complicated in this cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted virus…We’ve also said that the virus does not affect only the cervix. It affects the vagina; it affects the pens, the scrotal skin; it affects the vulva, that’s the outside of the vagina, and it can cause cancer in all these areas. The frequent place is cervical cancer. And that is where it affects us (women). When a man gets HPV, he can equally develop penile cancer.
So that is why when we talk about primary prevention, which is the immunization, we are not limiting it to only young girls. We say vaccinate both boys and girls to reduce the load of the HPV virus in the community. And the virus can even cause cancer of the throat [through oral sex]. So it is not limited to women,” Dr. Malechi said.
She added that the virus can also cause throat cancer through oral sex and stressed that both males and females must take preventive measures, especially vaccination.
Mrs Bawumia, also expressed her concerns over the deaths caused by cervical cancer and declared that: “No Ghanaian should die from this disease,”
“Let us align our efforts using our expertise, voices, persuasive power and knowledge to advance this cause. We can only prevent cervical cancer if we work together.”
She therefore advised that men must take the necessary preventive measures to fight against the virus.