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Irving McKenzie, the chief dental officer in the Ministry of Health, is warning that Jamaica faces an increasingly high risk of persons developing oral cancer because of a growing appetite for oral sex.

"Oral sex in today's society is becoming very prevalent," McKenzie told The Gleaner, while adding that from an oral-health perspective it was an unsafe practice.

McKenzie said one of the leading causes of oral cancer in the United States is the human papillomavirus (HPV). Oral cancer, he said, would normally fall in the category of non-communicable diseases, but with the HPV, it is becoming a communicable type disease because it can be contracted by contact such as sexual intercourse.

Oral cancer is also caused by tobacco smoking and alcohol, and according to the American Cancer Society, men face twice the risk of developing oral cancer than women. Men who are over age 50 face the greatest risk.

The 2007-2008 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey states that approximately 65 per cent of the population 15-74 years in Jamaica report that they currently use alcohol while 13.5 per cent use marijuana and 14.5 per cent smoke cigarettes.

However, the high use of alcohol and tobacco is not what's troubling McKenzie. It is projected that by 2020 oral and pharyngeal cancer will become the leading cancer and that HPV will play a great role.

McKenzie said the ministry is currently working on a strategy that will detect oral cancer in its early stage.

"We have two years' survival rate if discovered and the cost is high, because the mouth is connected to a number of important organs," he explained.

"This is not like any other cancer, because when this is discovered, it will take a toll on the individual's social life and that individual can become a social recluse," he further explained.

McKenzie said it is of great importance that oral health be given greater attention in Jamaica.

"A country like Jamaica cannot use a curative model to deal with oral and pharyngeal cancer," he argued.

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Comment by CrocusPoll on September 21, 2019 at 5:15am

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Comment by Jullianna on September 21, 2019 at 3:08am

Cancer is terrible. For such diseases use special especially powerful drugs.

Comment by Sh Miller on March 8, 2015 at 10:00pm
Goes to show again "the penis is perfectly designed and strong,the pump pum's perfect partner" while the tongue is inadequate and weak.
Comment by errol hurd on March 7, 2015 at 1:34pm
Jamaicans dont adapt to those things
Comment by errol hurd on March 7, 2015 at 1:32pm
The coming of the Lord is near
Comment by errol hurd on March 7, 2015 at 1:31pm
Too much research
Comment by errol hurd on March 7, 2015 at 1:30pm
Comment by david on February 22, 2015 at 8:52pm
Comment by Willie Ward on February 15, 2015 at 2:02pm
Nothing is normal or moral these todays wacky world...good is bad...and bad is is this world coming ti?
Comment by Sh Miller on February 12, 2015 at 5:38pm
See, I believe this is an adjunctment by god since you ain't supposed to nyam live meat under sheet, licking doesn't serve no sexual or reproductive function, you can pay intimate attention to what your doing and rub, in case rubbing was wrong dangerous and deadly (there would be none or almost no human race now,because you don't need someone else to rub, and in case rubbing was wrong then it would have been suicide ), and just imagine what is going to be the penalty for feasting on bottom, soon you probably goan get something powerful than aids in your mouth and dead in 24 hours.

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