Oral Cancer: A New Epidemic
Cancer is not a topic that anyone likes to talk about, but recently there has been a spike in the cases of oral cancer diagnosed, particularly in men.
This sudden increase is related to HPV, or human papillomavirus, the primary cause of oropharyngeal cancers, certain types of head and neck cancers. Between 20011 and 2014, 11 million men and 3 million women were actively infected with oral HPV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during that time, nearly 40,000 people each year were diagnosed with HPV-related cancer.
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, but those who smoke tobacco or marijuana are also at a higher risk for developing the ...