You may not have known someone with oral cancer, but the incidence of it is on the rise so knowing if you’re at risk for oral cancer is very important Oral cancers can affect the tongue, cheeks, lips, gums and the hard or soft palate. In the U.S. alone, approximately 100 people everyday will be diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer and 1 person will die from oral cancer every hour of the day. 1
Oral cancers historically would afflict people who were over the age of 40, but it is now found that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is an oral cancer-causing agent in a younger age group. This is the same virus that can cause cervical cancers in women.