The Reason Oral Cancer Is Striking At Younger Ages

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(WREG-TV)  What was once considered an “old man’s” disease is now crossing over into younger generations.

Recent trends show a rise in oral cancer among younger populations, under the age of 40, because of the human papilloma virus, or HPV.

With approximately 40,000 to 50,000 people nationwide diagnosed annually, around 50 percent of those will be alive in five years.

As the world’s sixth most common cancer today, 75 percent of oral cancer is related to lifestyle choices.

Although smoking still leads the pack as the primary cause of oral cancer, factors such as the use of chewing tobacco, excessive drinking and even prolonged sun exposure can result in a positive diagnosis.

For more information about oral cancer, visit and request an oral cancer screening at your next dental appointment.