When these triggers overpower your immune system, the malignancy takes over. Avoid these triggers, and you are less likely to ever experience colorectal cancer. Just like with most other cancers, there are primary and secondary triggers of colorectal cancer. These triggers are represented by mechanical, chemical, and biological risk factors that 1 may cause cell mutation that precedes tumors , or 2 the inflammation of the mucosal membrane that strips the colon and rectum from its innate protection against chemical, bacterial, and viral pathogens, or 3 both. Technically, man-made x-ray and electromagnetic field EMF radiation from power lines, cell phones, radars, and radio transmitters is also a mechanical trigger, although the radiation's ultimate destructive action — abnormal cellular mutation — is biological. Amazingly, if you read just about any guide on colorectal cancer, from the National Cancer Institute to The Merck Manual, and everything in-between, you won't find a single mention of most of these secondary causes.
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The Next Gay Plague: Anal Cancer | Lavender Magazine
Not only has society steadily become more accepting of sexual relationships between men, but more heterosexual people are trying it and trying it more often than ever before. Our greater societal acceptance aside, you may have heard that anal sex can have some dangerous effects on our health, particularly as a leading cause of anal cancer. The myths and facts behind the connection between anal sex and anal cancer. Pixabay, Public Domain. The long and short of it is that yes, anal sex is a risk factor for anal cancer.
The Next Gay Plague: Anal Cancer
Editorial note: This article was originally published in August , well before the June ruling by the U. Supreme Court requiring states to allow same-sex marriage. Furthermore, under the Affordable Care Act Obamacare , group and individual market insurers cannot deny enrollment to same-sex couples who are legally married. Thus, this article offers a historical account of laws and policies that are no longer applicable. However, it still remains to be seen whether recent changes in social policy will be effective in helping rectify health-care disparities experienced by homosexual men and women.
So recently one of my friends told me that anal sex could cause cancer. My question is exactly what I asked: how could that possibly work? It reminds me of the whole "wearing a bra while you sleep could cause breast cancer" claim which isn't true. I understand that HPV can cause certain types of cancer, but how could anal sex directly cause it? Can just pressure and contact really affect that?