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3 facts you need to know about oral cancer

By February 6, 2013 No Comments

Here are three facts every dental professional needs to know about this often misunderstood disease.

1. Up to 75% of cases of oral cancer may be attributed to tobacco and alcohol use.

2. The overall prevalence of oral HPV infection (a causitive agent of OC) is estimated to be 6.9% in adults aged 14 to 69 years. However, HPV prevalence can be as high as 20% for persons who have more than 20 lifetime sexual partners or currently use tobacco (more than 1 pack of cigarettes per day).

3. The prevalence of type-specific HPV-16 oral infection is estimated at 1% in adults aged 14 to 69 years. Human papillomavirus-16 is associated with approximately 85% to 95% of cases of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. Therefore, the increasing role of oral HPV infection as a risk factor for oropharyngeal cancer may warrant future assessment of the independent effect of HPV-16 on incidence and outcomes of oropharyngeal cancer and the health effect of screening persons who are HPV-16-positive.

Given these facts, shouldn’t you be doing a comprehensive oral cancer examination on every patient at every visit? Anything less puts your patient at risk.

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