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Cancer connected to HPV on rise in Bay Area

Stinson Beach resident Jeff Swarts was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and he thinks he caught it while performing oral sex in college before he met his wife Pamela. “It is considered a taboo type of cancer because it is sexually transmitted. People are very uncomfortable about talking about it,” said Pamela. “People need to get over it.” Swarts’ wife, journalist Pamela Tom founded an educational website called She started it when Swarts got sick.