Dr Oz: HPV Causes Oral Cancer
Dr Oz focused this episode on the HPV Cervical Cancer link. You could not know you have HPV, because there are no symptoms. He also said that HPV is responsible for a dramatic increase in oral cancers. Find out what you can do to prevent HPV transmission, and the full list of cancers related to HPV infection.
Dr Jennifer Ashton, the author of Your Body Beautiful, said a lot has changed with research over the last 10-20 years about HPV. Doctors are still learning how it works. Oral surgeons are starting to find more lesions, and as awareness rises, healthcare providers may be more aware to check for it.
Dr Oz: Can You Prevent HPV?
From the audience, a woman asked if there is a way to prevent HPV transmission. Dr Ashton had a few tips, but I would still be very careful because nothing is 100%.
How to Prevent HPV
Dr Oz turned to his other HPV expert, Dr Diane Harper, who said she is a realist. She encourages patients to enjoy whatever activities they choose. But it’s a must to receive proper care and medical attention from your doctors and dentists to ensure that you maintain optimal health.
What Types of Cancers Does HPV Cause?
There’s more than just oral cancer and cervical cancer to worry about. Here is the full list of cancers that can be caused by HPV. (Most have to do with skin surfaces, which is how HPV is transmitted.)
- Cervical Cancer
- Oral Cancer
- Vulvar Cancer
- Penile Cancer
- Vaginal Cancer
- Anal Cancer
Dr Oz said that 7 out of 10 Vaginal Cancers and 8 in 10 Anal Cancer cases are related to HPV infection.