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Did you know that oral cancer diagnoses have increased 61% in the last 6 years? Or that what's driving that increase is an infection? The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can cause mouth and throat cancers if the body is unable to fight it off. HPV is so common that the CDC estimates that 4 out of 5 people will become infected at some point in their lives. The good news? There is a vaccine available for those who are ages 9-26 to protect against HPV infection and dental providers perform oral cancer screenings during routine dental care appointments to catch oral cancers early. For more information speak to your dentist, make an appointment to discuss immunization options, or use the link below to learn more about the link between HPV and oral cancers.

Oral Cancer Foundation