HPV and Oral Cancer Survey

Nov. 20, 2009
How often are dental professionals educating and advising patients about the connection between HPV and oral cancer?
It is estimated that more than 1,700 new cases of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) associated with head and neck cancers are diagnosed in women and nearly 5,700 are diagnosed in men each year in the United States.A large study that covered 83% of the U.S. population during 1998–2003 estimated that about 24,900 HPV-associated cancers occur each year. More than 17,300 HPV-associated cancers occur yearly in women, and almost 7,600 occur yearly in men. Although nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, cancer in some other areas of the body are often, but not always, is caused by HPV. In general, HPV is thought to be responsible for about 90% of anal cancers and about 40% of vulvar, vaginal, and penile cancers. Cancers of the head and neck are usually caused by tobacco and alcohol, but recent studies show that about 25% of mouth and 35% of throat cancers are caused by HPV. Click here to answer our survey about how you educate dental patients about the risk.
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