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HPV and the Mouth

It may surprise you to see HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is part of the dental conversation, but HPV is now the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. HPV can be spread by oral contact. There are no signs or symptoms of HPV so HPV infections can linger in the body and show symptoms many years after getting infected. The good news is that there is vaccination available to anyone who would like it. If you would like to learn more about HPV and vaccination, please ask us. Oropharyngeal cancer is life-changing and can be life-ending. Screening for oral cancers and other pathologies of the head and neck are part of routine dental check ups. When detected early, oral cancer has a favourable prognosis.  

Find the link "How to Prevent Head and Neck Cancer" by Dr. Cheryl Cable below.

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Mayo Clinic Explains Oral Cancer 

Canadian Pediatric Society: Human Papilloma Vaccine for Children and Adolescents 

Oral Cancer: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Pathology

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