Oral cancer is a very serious condition. Too often it goes undetected until it has spread to another area, such as the neck. At this point, treatment becomes much more difficult and the prognosis worsens. Tobacco use is not the only predisposing risk factor for oral cancer. With a rise in the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, more and more people are exposed to yet another risk factor for developing oral cancer.
The Connection Between HPV and Oral Cancer
CDC statistics estimate that some 80% of Americans will have an HPV infection at some point in their lives. The majority of these infections clear up on their own, often without the individual ever being aware of any symptoms. However, of the nearly 200 strains of HPV, only nine are directly associated with causing cancer.
Many HPV strains are known to cause abnormal growths in the skin. These changes, if not successfully fought off by the body, can cause skin cells to permanently change in an abnormal way. This is how cancer can develop.
What You Should Know About Oral Cancer
It’s estimated that over 45,000 Americans will be diagnosed with some kind of oral cancer within the next year. Although an HPV infection does not guarantee that cancer will follow, the fact has been established that it will put you at risk. This means that you don’t have to be a tobacco user to develop oral cancer.
Early diagnosis leads to earlier treatments and more successful outcomes. Regular oral cancer screenings by your dentist can help you stay on top of your oral health and potentially minimize your cancer risk.
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