Are you at risk?
With a death rate higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins disease, brain, liver, and skin cancer, oral cancer is considered among the most deadly. Of more than 50,000 new patients who are diagnosed with oral cancer in the United States each year, only half will survive more than five years.
A Silent, Spreading, Epidemic
What puts us at risk for HPV oral cancer?
Smoking, heavy alcohol use, chewing betel quid (a stimulant often used in parts of Asia) and HPV- especially HPV 16.
When to see your doctor? Sores & Pain.
If you have sores in your mouth that do not heal in 2-3 weeks or if you have pain or difficulty swallowing, chewing, or pain or in your ears