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HPV & Oral Cancer: What’s the Link?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: What is causing the rise in oral cancer among young adults?
Air Date: 10/14/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD
Deepak Kademani Dr. Deepak Kademani is a board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon whose clinical special interests include: head and neck cancer; oral cancer; salivary gland pathology; facial trauma; reconstructive surgery; bone grafts; jaw tumors; TMJ disorders; obstructive sleep apnea; dental implants; and dentoalveolar surgery.

Dr. Kademani's dental, medical degrees and surgical residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery education was at the University of Pennsylvania. This was followed by a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery. He was subsequently board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

In 2004 he was the recipient of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Faculty Education Development Award. He currently is the Fellowship Director of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery Program at North Memorial Medical Center and The Humphrey Cancer Center.

Dr. Kademani is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society. In addition to authoring over one hundred books, chapters, monographs, and publications, he has also lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, predominantly in head and neck pathology and reconstruction.
HPV & Oral Cancer: What’s the Link?
Once a disease of older people who regularly drink and smoke, oral cancer is now plaguing younger generations, causing facial deformities and, in some cases, death.

Studies show a link between oral cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV). Research in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that people infected with HPV are 32 times more likely to develop oral or throat cancers compared to the increased risk associated with smoking (three times more likely to develop these cancers) and drinking alcohol (two-and-a-half times more likely).

Some are attributing the correlation between oral cancer and HPV to changes in sexual practices among young adults in recent decades, in particular an increase in oral sex. People with oral and oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection tend to be younger and are less likely to be smokers and drinkers.

Listen in as Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD, shares what is contributing to the rise in oral cancer among young adults.

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