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  • Oral Cancer Facts

    • In the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day.
    • The fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is comprised of people in the 25-50 year old age range.
    • Evidence indicates that an oncogenic virus, HPV16, can be sexually transmitted between partners, and accounts for the increase in young, non-smoking victims of oral cancer.
    • Twenty years ago, the male to female ratio of oral cancer occurrence was ten men to one woman. The ratio now is two men to one woman.
    • If oral cancer is detected early (in stages one or two), the survival rate is 80% to 90%; but when found as a later stage (stages three or four), the chances of survival drop to 20% to 30%.
    • In a painless, three to five minute oral cancer screening, most of the signs and symptoms of oral cancer can be seen with the naked eye or felt with the fingers.