Did you know that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has overtaken tobacco use as the leading cause of oral cancer in the US?
HPV is common virus that is usually transmitted sexually. The particular strain of the virus (HPV 16) is the same one responsible for the majority of cervical cancer in women.
Oral cancer kills almost 3 times as many people as cervical cancer every year.
That’s why we recommend routine oral cancer screenings. Like other cancer screenings you may engage in, opportunistic oral cancer screenings are a highly effective means of finding cancer in its early and highly curable stages.
Believe it or not, the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population are people in the 25-50 range who’ve never smoked. Smoking, high alcohol consumption and smokeless tobacco still remain high risk factors, but the HPV virus is now the leading cause of oral cancer.
The good news is that when women began to be screened for cervical cancer we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in that disease. We recommend you make oral cancer screening a routine part of you dental care. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.