Overall, 7 percent of Americans are infected with oral cancer, a new study has founded, as reported by the Chicago Sun-times yesterday. This report states that this estimates to be about 16 million people with oral HPV, which is human papilloma virus.
Initially, it wasn’t known how many people have this virus. But now it shows that this amount of people, ages 14 to 69, are infected.
But the results are not cause for concern. The article states that while mouth cancers are on the rise, most people with oral HPV will never develop cancer. Most don’t have the kind strongly linked to cancer.
However, experts say this study provides important information for future research that could increase knowledge about who is most at risk for oral cancer and ways to prevent it. Researcher Dr. Maura Gillison even says the study provides further reassurance that most people with the virus will not get cancer.
For more information on oral HPV or the study in connection to it, visit www.suntimes.com.