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Oropharyngeal cancer rate up significantly

The rate of oropharyngeal cancer increased significantly among women and men from 1983 to 2002, almost exclusively in economically developed countries (including the US, the UK, Canada and Sweden), according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (November 18, 2013).

Cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx are among the most common cancers worldwide, with an estimated 400,000 cases and 223,000 deaths in 2008. Tobacco and alcohol use are strong risk factors for both cancers. Also, the human papillomavirus (HPV) seems to be associated with oropharyngeal cancers specifically in men.

At Yanik Dental, an oral cancer screening is a routine part of your oral examination. If you are overdue for your examination, call us today - 860-623-1116.         (from Dr. Bicuspid, 12/17/13)

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