After the discovery that severe gum disease can be associated with a higher risk of head and neck cancer cases caused by the Human Pailloma Virus (HPV), The British Dental Health Foundation aims to educate the public on good oral health. Researchers discovered that in comparison with patients with HPV-negative tumors, those with HPV-positive tumors had a considerably higher bone loss, which is a key element for developing severe gum disease.
to the latest figures, over 6,000 people in the UK have oral cancer, a disease that claims nearly 2,000
lives. The incident rates of oral cancer due to HPV
are increasing, with experts indicating that within a decade, HPV may rival
tobacco use as the main cause for oral cancer. Other risk factors for oral
cancer include smoking, excessive drinking and poor diet.
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