Dr Oz: Oral Cancer & HPV
Dr Oz did a show called The Rise of Oral Cancer: Could You Be At Risk? Oral Cancer kills one person every hour, and many people do not even know they are infected with a virus that could cause it – HPV or Human Papilloma Virus. Doctor Oz went over the Oral Cancer Warning Signs that could save your life and spoke about two Oral Cancer Screening Tests that you must ask for the next time you go to the dentist. Please forward this article to everyone you know so that we can help save some lives – 1 in 4 people who get Oral Cancer do not need to die from it, so lets work on changing those statistics together!
Doctor Oz said that Oral Cancer is easy to spot, diagnose and treat but currently 60% of cases are found too late. Oral Cancer starts out as a sore or growth in your mouth that does not go away. 80-90% of cases are curable, if they are found early enough. It used to be the case that men were twice as likely to get Oral cancer and that drinkers and smokers also were at an increased risk. But now, the majority of new cases of Oral Cancer are caused by HPV or Human Papilloma Virus, which is also responsible for causing Cervical Cancer in women.
Dr Oz: HPV & Oral Cancer
Dr Oz said that back when he went to medical school, they were taught that people who drink and smoke are at the highest risk for getting Oral Cancer, but the entire paradigm has shifted sp that more and more young women are now getting it. Dr Bert O’Malley Jr said that now HPV is the number one cause of Oral Cancer. To make things worse, only 15% of the population get oral examinations for Oral Cancer.
Dr Jonathan Levine said that we must get Oral Cancer Screening Tests at our dentist’s offices and get diagnosed earlier. We have new tests and technology, and the dentist should really be our first line of defense. Dentists must catch-up with this and understand what the lesions look like compared to the normal red and white spots that people get in their mouth.
Dr Oz: Where Can You Get Oral Cancer?
Dr Oz said that your dentist should first look on the outside of your mouth, because you can get Oral Cancer on your lips from UV Radiation (and this is another reason why you should use UV Light Protection on your lips). Then, your dentist should look inside of your mouth, on all sides of your tongue including the tip and underneath. The dentist also examines the under-part of your tongue and the Oropharynx which is way in the back of your throat. This portion deeper in your throat is where the new Oral Cancer caused by the HPV Virus seems to show up most commonly.
Doctor Oz brought a lady onto his show who had two early warning signs of Oral Cancer, but it went undiagnosed because she did not know what to look for. She had a little blister on the side of her tongue, which she thought was a canker Sore. Her dentist said she should probably have it looked at but said it did not really concern him too much. So she ignored it for a year, until she found out that she was pregnant. Then she saw an Oral Surgeon who knew almost instantly that it was Cancer. Three weeks later she had surgery to remove 50 lymph nodes and part of her tongue. 5 months later she gave birth to a baby girl. But four months after her baby was born, she got a lump on her neck which was Stage 2 Cancer, so she had to have chemo and radiation treatments. She said that nobody thinks when they are 31 years old that they will have Oral Cancer, but that early detection is key. If she had caught it sooner, she could have likely walked away with no problems.
Dr Oz: Oral Cancer Early Warning Signs
Dr Oz gave the following list of Oral Cancer Warning Signs:
1. White or red patches in your mouth or sores that won’t heal. They look like whitened patches or red patches, which is fairly similar to how a Canker Sore looks. The difference between a Canker Sore and Oral cancer is that a Canker Sore will start to go away after 7-8 days and is usually completely gone by the 14th day. If your sore does not go away after 14 days, you should have it checked out.
2. Sore throat or ear pain is another Oral Cancer Warning Sign. However, these are common signs of many ailments including acid reflux, allergies and post nasal drip. However, the ear pain associated with Oral Cancer tends to only be on one side and in one ear. Again, if your sore throat or ear pain does not go away after two weeks, then you should see your physician.
3. A lump in your neck is another Oral Cancer Warning Sign, which is common with HPV related cancers. As the cancer spreads from your tongue to your lymp nodes in you neck, you can develop a lump. And unfortunately, this is often in more advanced stages of Oral Cancer.
4. The final Oral Cancer Warning Sign is a change in your voice or hoarseness. If you are have a hoarse voice for more than 6-7 days, you should really have your doctor check it out to be sure that you do not have tumors growing around your vocal chords.