Hikers High Five

WHAT PUTS US AT RISK?

  • Multiple oral sexual relations -

    • It was found that people with more than six oral sexual partners have 5 times the risk of oral cancer compared to those who did not have oral sex

  • Weakened immune system due to HIV infection or due to immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplant​

  • Smoking cigarettes​

  • Alcoholism

  • Personal history of radiation therapy

  • Family history of thyroid cancer

Key: If problem persists for 2-3 weeks, pursue it.

Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) is a type of Head and Neck Cancer predominantly caused by HPV found at the back of the throat, base of the tongue or the tonsils

  • 70% of is caused by HPV

  • Males over 50 are diagnosed more often than women

  • 80% are diagnosed late when intensive treatments are required

  • Early detection doubles the chance of survival, so if you have any concerns, see your doctor or dentist.

PREVALENCE 

  • There has been a 225% increase in HPV-positive OPC over past 30 years in the United States​

  • Rates are expected to increase by 30% annually​

  • 53,000 will be diagnosed this year- 3 in 4 cases are men over 50 years old

WHAT IS IT?

BLEEDING

Bleeding from mouth, nose or throat

PAIN

  • Persistent ulcer/sore in the mouth that does not heal in 2-3 weeks

  • Pain or difficulty swallowing

  • Pain while chewing

  • Constant pain in the ears

LUMPS

  • Lump in the neck

  • Hoarseness or change in voice

WEIGHT LOSS

Unexplained weight loss

WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

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