HPV-related oral cancer linked to smoking

22 Mar 2012, 01:13
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Oral cancer is on the rise in the UK, according to the latest research conducted by Centre for Cancer Research UK. 6,200 cases of the oral cancer have been found this year, comparing to the 4,400 cases a decade ago.


Most of them as in previous years have been caused by smoking. A considerable number of oral cancer cases are linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) and alcohol.


Around 80 percent of people are infected with HPV at some point of life. Although most of the cases are harmless, this trend is worrying, experts suggest.


Moreover, the aforementioned research showed that the face of the people infected with HPV-related oral cancer has changed: now, they are less likely to be smokers, thus having higher chances to cure the disease.


It takes around 10 years for oral cancer to developed into a serious health threat.


Despite the fact that smoking is still the major cause of oral and neck types of cancer, its rates have fallen significantly.

Alcohol is another common cause of head and neck cancers, according to Cancer Research UK.


Again, the consumption of alcohol has fallen considerably, in comparison to a decade ago. As it turned our. some groups might start drinking more.


It is interesting to note, that regular dental checks are crucial for preventing cancer. If a person have any suspicion about any signs of cancer, it would be vital for treating any kinds of neck and head cancer, experts say.


However there are some bad news: recent trends showed a serious rise of two types of HPV-linked cancers – tongue cancer and tonsil cancer (90 and 70% rise respectively)

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