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Oral (mouth) cancer linked to HPV virus

Updated on August 14, 2012

Check your mouth for sores

Why checking your mouth is important
Why checking your mouth is important

Take Time to Check Yourself Out

In 2012, oral cancer is on the rise and the culprit that is causing this increase is the HPV or Human papillomavirus. The new report from the CDC has proven that this virus is causing oral cancer and that there is no cure. Increase in oral sex is causing this problem. It doesn't matter if you use protection if you are still partaking in oral sex with no protection. You are still at risk for infection.

Oral cancer commonly involves the lips tongue, or esophagus. It may also occur inside the cheek underside of the tongue, gums and palate.

Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas but can also be caused by melanoma. These tend to spread very quickly.

It may start out with a sore that won't heal inside your mouth or a sore throat that won't go away, these things need to be addressed so that you can get treatment right away. Left untreated oral cancer will spread quickly and will invade your lymph nodes making it almost impossible to treat once inside the lymph nodes.

Overall, the risk was greatest and rising in men, in one study , possibly because of increasing rates of oral sex. The data indicate that the burden of HPV-related cancer may shift from women to men, with the number of HPV-positive oral cancers potentially eclipsing that of invasive cervical cancers within 10 years.

Symptoms of oral cancer are:

Sore, lump, or ulcer in the mouth, chewing problems, mouth sores, pain with swallowing, speech difficulties, Swallowing difficulty, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, tongue problems, and weight loss.

Along with your dentist, you can also help by examining your mouth from top to bottom and don't forget the sides of your tongue and underneath. Every once of prevention is necessary to combat this rising form of cancer.

Years ago oral cancer was mainly obtained by people who smoke or chewed tobacco, but this new life style of not protecting yourself is making it almost impossible to keep from getting these diseases that are indeed preventable.

If you have teenage children please vaccinate them with Gardisil. It is recommended that boys get the vaccine as well as girls and even though it only protects against some HPV infections it is better then them not being protected at all.

Young people are dieing from increased HIV and HPV associated cancers. If you choose not to protect yourself then you can not be angry if it happens to you.

HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms.

A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.

People it is important to be careful if you are single and please get checked for HIV, STD's, and HPV. 1 in 4 adults has an STD which is one to many.

Respect yourself enough to protect yourself.


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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      I wrote about HPV and cervical cancer. Feel free to add my linksite to your hub and i can add yours to my site

      You have beneficial and important information here.

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