Rise in oral cancer linked to HPV virus.
Sadly there is an increasing number of young patients (aged 20-30) developing cancer in their mouth. This is thought to be linked to the HPV virus ( Human Papillo Virus) and is related to sexual habits. Treatment of oral cancer involves radical, often disfiguring, surgery. Long term survival rates are poor, regular dental examinations are essential even if a person has healthy teeth and gums to check the skin in the mouth for early signs of the disease.