Oral Cancer an Alarming Trend!

It is well known that oral cancer is strongly associated with tobacco and alcohol consumption; however, where it once contributed to more than 75% of newly diagnosed oral cancer cases, it is being challenged by a new viral origin of almost equal proportion, according to reporting from major cancer centers. No longer can we classify the older male patient with a chronic history of tobacco and alcohol abuse as being the only one at increased risk for oral cancer. Oral cancers are occurring in young adults with no associated risk factors at rapidly increasing rate.

The culprit is the rapid spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV) through sexual transmission. Recent data confirmed (HPV) related oral cancer is now the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population in patients under the age of 50 years not possessing the typical historical factors.

Each year in the US alone, approximately 34,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. It will cause more than 8,000 deaths, killing roughly one person every 24 hours per day.

The oral cancer death rate is high due to late discovery!

The solution is early detection. In addition to thorough visual and physical oral exams allows your dentist to potentially discover oral lesions early. The earlier detection increases the the chances of successful prevention.

 

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