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Oral Cancer Today: The Impact on our Profession
Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEED) data demonstrates a decline in oral cancer for tobacco related sites, however, there is a strong trend towards an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) implicated sites.
Approximately 42,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer. This includes both oral and oropharyngeal cancer. This is the fifth year in a row in which there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancer. In 2007 there was a major jump of over 11% in that single year. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually exceeding 640,000 and oral cancer being the 6th most common cancer worldwide.
By Jo-Anne Jones, RDH CE Credit Hours: 2.0 Learn More