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UNITED STATES: People Lack Knowledge About Link Between Oral Cancer, Sexual Health




 

Dentistry Today (12.11.12) Aids Weekly Plus

According to recent reports, although general awareness about sexually transmitted disease has risen in recent years, most individuals do not know that the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause oral cancer. Recent data suggests that only one in four people can identify HPV as a cause for oral cancer, and that approximately half of the population do not know that HPV can be spread through sexual activity. Research has shown that HPV may play a larger role in individuals developing oral cancers in the future, and may even rival smoking as a risk factor. Oral cancer cases have increased significantly, with one of the reasons being the lack of awareness about the impact of sexual activity on oral health.



 


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