A new study led by researchers at World Health Organization reveals that blood tests can be used to detect cancers that are transmitted through oral sex.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, reveals that it is possible to identify antibodies to a high-risk type of a virus, which is responsible for the development of mouth and throat cancers spread through oral sex, through blood tests years before the onset of the cancers.
While human papillomavirus (HPV) is more popularly known for causing cervical and other genital cancers in women, it is also responsible for rising number of mouth and throat cancers in men.
"Up to now, it was not known whether these antibodies were present in blood before the cancer became clinically detectable. If these results are confirmed, future screening tools could be developed for early detection of the disease", International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) Paul Brennan said.