What? Is this really possible? How can this be? Well, there is a virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that exists in over one hundred twenty strains. Only nine of these strains can cause cancer.
Over our own life time, 75 percent of the population will contract one of these strains of HPV. The big question is just which strain of HPV will you contract? Unfortunately Human Papillomavirus does not show up on standard Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) tests.
HPV is primarily transmitted through intercourse, oral sex and French kissing. Fortunately, dental professionals have the means to detect oral cancer very, very early with either of two primary tests. Some dental professionals have either of two devices called the VelScope or the ViziLite for Oral Cancer screening of our patients.
Vaccines are commonly administered to women age twenty seven and under to protect against HPV infection. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) did not add this vaccine to the recommended immunization schedules for males although young males can benefit from the HPV vaccine.
Since HPV kills one person every hour of every day, early detection is HUGE. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be examined for early detection of oral cancer with one of these two life saving devices.
Other than that, there is not much you can do. So ask us for an oral cancer screening and protect yourself.
Additional Resources: www.oralcancerfoundation.org/ http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/vac-faqs.htm
Thomas J. Peltzer, DMD http://www.connecticutsedationdentist.com