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Oral (mouth) Cancer Linked to HPV Virus
Check your mouth for sores
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.
Young Adults Are at the Most Risk
Symptoms of Oral Cancer
Symptoms of oral cancer:
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 ounce 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.
How Common is HPV
About 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that most sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.
Health problems related to HPV include genital warts and cervical cancer. Before HPV vaccines were introduced, roughly 340,000 to 360,000 women and men were affected by genital warts caused by HPV every year. Also, about one in 100 sexually active adults in the U.S. has genital warts at any given time.
Before engaging in sexual intercourse in a relationship, you should get yourself and your partner tested. It is not asking for a lot. Most men and women who don't care about their status, is the reason these virus and diseases spread.
Get a Dental Check Up Every Year
Oral cancer is mostly diagnosed by your dentist. If your dentist does not do a complete oral exam, then you need to find a new dentist. Catching oral cancer early is key to treatment.
I had a dear friend that had tonsil cancer. He had a constant sore throat. By the time he had it checked out it had spread to his jaw and later on to his spine. He not only had his tonsils removed but most of his mandible or bottom jaw. It was a slow agonizing death because he thought he beat it with radiation and chemotherapy. Although his oral cancer cleared up, it had already spread to other parts of his body. Oral cancer is aggressive and many people do not listen to their bodies. You can inspect your mouth, feel your lymph nodes and if you have any pain at all see your doctor.
Oral cancer does not mean it has to be a death sentence but you have to speak up if you find something is not right anywhere in your body. It doesn't have to be your mouth. You can get lumps and bumps anywhere but all it takes is neglect from the patient in checking on it by their doctor.
Don't be a statistic.
What Are the Side Affects of the HPV Vaccine
The HPV vaccine is very safe, and it is effective at preventing HPV. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. Many people who get the HPV vaccine have no side effects at all. Some people report having very mild side effects, like a sore arm from the shot. The most common side effects are usually mild.
Common Side Effects of HPV Vaccine:
- Pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given
- Headache or feeling tired
- Muscle or joint pain
With any vaccination, there are always possible side affects but little is known about any serious side affects from the HPV vaccine.
If you choose to have your child vaccinated they should receive the vaccine between 11 and 12 years old. Ask your doctor about any serious side affects. It is better to protect then not too.