Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is led by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance and supported by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Head and neck cancers are a broad category of cancers that occur in the head and neck region while oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers start in the mouth or throat. In recent years, there's been an ongoing rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women. A recent Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute focuses on this topic and is included below.
According to the American Cancer Society, 4 of 5 people will get HPV at some point during their lives and approximately 31,500 men and women are diagnosed annually with cancers caused by HPV. A HPV vaccination is available, safe and is recommended for both boys and girls at age 11 or 12. The vaccination can help prevent six types of HPV-related cancers including: cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, throat and anal. For more information please visit the American Cancer Society website: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/hpv-vaccine.html.
Rise of HPV-related throat and mouth cancer: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
March 27, 2019
More than three quarters of Americans will get HPV at some point in their lives. Most will never know it because they'll show no symptoms. But in this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Moore, a Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeon, says a growing number of people are developing HPV-related throat cancer. He also fears the numbers are going to get much worse before they get better.
To listen, click the link below.