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Feb 7, 2010 11:19 AM by Jamie Smith

Dentists alarmed by increase in oral cancer in young people

Some dentists are sounding the alarm about oral cancer and young people. The number of cases is way up and the problem isn't tobacco.

One of the most common places for oral cancer is, is on the side of the tongue. And that cancer can be due to HPV. The Human Papilloma Virus, which can lead to cervical cancer, can also lead to cancers of the mouth.

A study published in the journal head and neck finds a link between HPV and the increase in cases of a certain oral cancer -- that of the nasopharynx. The most common symptom of oral cancer is a sore in the throat or mouth that bleeds easily or does not heal.

Dentists can detect oral cancer at an early stage. So on your next dentist visit, you may want to ask your dentist if they screen for it.

 

 

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