Tongue Cancer Rates Rising in Young

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011, 1:58 pm

According to a new report, squamous cell cancer of the tongue has been rising in younger Americans 18 to 44 years of age. The largest increase seems to be among young women. The researchers noted that historically, cancers of the oral cavity were associated with older men who had a history of smoking and alcohol use. During the past 30 years these types of cancers have been declining but other types have been rising among younger patients.

Head researcher, Dr. Bhisham Chera said that said that they are unsure of the reasons for the rise. “our findings suggest that the epidemiology of this cancer in young white females may be unique and that the causative factors may be things other than tobacco and alcohol abuse.” He went on “Based on our observations and the published data, it appears that these cases may not be associated with the human papillomavirus . We are actively researching other causes of this cancer in this patient population.”

The data shows that no matter your age, any unusual patch or sore in your mouth or throat should be looked at immediately.  An oral cancer screening is always a part of your comprehensive dental checkup. If you haven’t had a complete dental checkup within the past year please contact Wilbanks Smile Center today at 706-886-9439  to schedule your appointment.  Early detection of problems makes them much easier to treat – call today.

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