Head and Neck Cancer Self Exam

Head and Neck Cancer Self Exam

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Maybe you know that tobacco
and drinking alcohol can increase your risk of
developing oral or throat cancer. But the fastest growing cause
of these cancers is the HPV virus, or the Human
papillomavirus. In fact, if you have HPV you
are 30 times more likely to get oral cancer. And it is affecting young people
with increasing frequency. That’s why everyone should
perform an oral cancer self exam each month. Stand in front of a mirror in a
well lit area. Feel the inside of your lips
and cheeks, the roof of your mouth, The front and back of your gums, and all the surfaces of your tongue. Look for lumps, bumps, sores
that don’t heal or discolored patches. Oral cancer can happen to
anyone. Early detection is the key to
a cure. If you find anything unusual, see your oral and facial surgeon
as soon as possible.

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