Rates of oral cancer are rising significantly among men in developing countries, and research is pointing to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the same sexually transmitted virus responsible for most cervical cancer cases. HPV infection increases male oral cancer risk by approximately 50%, and it’s on the rise in women, as well. Currently, there is no HPV vaccine for adults, but some experts recommend a vaccination program for boys, similar to that of girls.
Oral cancer can take over a decade to develop, but early detection is crucial. It often begins as a tiny hard-to-detect white or red spot or sore that does not heal.
Conduct self-exams, know the signs, and visit your dentist regularly. At StarImage Dentistry, we do an oral cancer check at every recall, so it’s important to keep your regular appointments.