1409 - Oral Precancer and the HPV Connection

Author/Editor: Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

Approximately 49,750 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers. Though thought by some as a rare occurrence, every single day in the United States alone, 132 new individuals are diagnosed and one person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Rates of past occurrence do not have to predict the future. The wonderful part of predictions are that they can be wrong. The dental healthcare team can make plans to circumvent that future death rate, not be being reactive, rather by more proactively identifying risks for oral precancer.

CE Credit: 1
Original Release Date: 2014; Review Date: Currently Under Review


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