There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral and oropharyngeal cancer. One is through the use of alcohol and tobacco, and the other is through the exposure to the HPV (human papilloma virus.) This is the same virus responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. If you have HPV, you are 30 times more likely to get oral cancer. This is why everyone should perform an oral cancer screening each month. Please click the link for more information on how you can perform your monthly self exam. https://www.aaoms.org/media/raise-oral-cancer-awareness/videos What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
- Sore or irritation that doesn’t go away
- Red or white patches
- A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth