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Today’s Greatest Oral Cancer Risk Factor Is Sexually Transmitted HPV

(Last Updated On: March 26, 2021)

APRIL IS ORAL CANCER Awareness Month, and Longwood Dental Group is partnering up with The Oral Cancer Foundation to offer FREE Oral Cancer Screenings.

IN HONOR OF ORAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, LONGWOOD DENTAL GROUP WILL BE OFFERING FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6 FROM 8:00AM TO 12:00PM

Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, the visual exam screening is simple, painless, and quick.

Why Oral Cancer Is On The Rise In Healthy, Young Non-Smokers

Smoking is linked to oral cancer. Tobacco use in many countries is declining, but oral cancer is still increasing every year. In fact, the fastest growing group of oral cancer sufferers are adults ages 25–50 who have never smoked! Why?

Studies indicate that this shift is due to the rise of a very common sexually transmitted infection—HPV, or human papillomavirus. Specifically, HPV #16 and #18, which are also linked to cervical cancer. Individuals with HPV are 32 times more likely to develop oral cancer. Contrast that with smoking, which makes a person 3 times more likely to develop oral cancer.

Education Helps Prevention And Early Detection

We understand that this can be a sensitive subject, but our team believes that people need to be informed about it. Dentists are one of the first lines of defense against this disease. Oral cancer groups around the world are asking dentists to do all they can to help educate patients, and to catch the disease early.

Contact Us For A Screening

At Longwood Dental Group our patients receive an Oral Cancer Screening as part of their routine exam visits.

If you are not a patient of our practice; if you or someone you know is not seeing a dentist regularly, we urge you to share this message and call 617.566.5445 to reserve your screening.

3 minutes could save your life!
See our event @ www.oralcancer.org

Other Resources:

Oral Cancer Foundation Press Release
MouthCancer.org
What Is HPV?