HPV Oral Cancer in Women

Pat Folsom went to her dentist to get a lesion on her cheek checked, imagine her surprise when she was told that she needed a series of test preformed. While doing a routine exam a dentist will check for possible (Oral Cancer) signs, by checking the checks, tongue, tonsils and larynx for lesions. 

Pat is a health care worker that has always known the importance of having regular checkups therefore she could not believe what she was hearing. She could not have Oral cancer she had never smoked nor drank heavily and there was no family history of (Oral Cancer).

In the US there are at least 34,000 new cases of (oral cancer) diagnosed each year and that number is growing. In the past oral cancer was considered a man’s disease, because there were 6 men with oral cancer to every woman now that number is 2 men for each woman.

Researchers believe that the numbers for oral cancer are higher due to women that now smoke and drink alcohol in excessive amounts as well as having more than one sexual partner.

In most cases women are found to have oral cancer caused by (type 16) of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Cervical cancer is caused by another version of (HPV) both cancers are transferred through sexual activity. Health care providers can recommend (HPV) treatments for these types of outbreaks such as an all natural treatment.  Never use an over the counter treatment without asking your health care provider first, these treatments may cause irreversible damage.

Pat attributes finding the oral cancer to her biannual checkups with her dentist, where the lesion was found in its early stage, patients which find the cancer in the early stages have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate.

HPV causes irregular cells to multiply, The virus thrives in a moist, dark environment, said Dr. Youssef Obeid, a prosthodontist and director of Obeid Dental in Bethesda, Maryland. Prosthodontists specialize in tooth replacement, jaw restructuring, disease and injuries to the mouth. “The mouth is a perfect place for it to grow.” By transferring the virus during oral sex, it stays in the mouth and causes lesions. Many eventually turn cancerous. “It’s something we are very much aware of and look for, especially in women,” he said.

For more information about Pat Folsom click:  CNN Health

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