HPV Virus Increasingly Causes Oral Cancer

For years, tobacco use and alcohol consumption have been known as the main causes of mouth cancer. But now, the American Cancer Society’s recent annual report shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) is now a more common causative factor of throat and other oral cancers than tobacco.

Changing sexual behaviour has increasingly contributed to the rise of cancers that occur in the back regions of the mouth-around the base of the tongue, the back of the throat, the tonsils and the tonsillar pillars. They can be deadly and affect more men than women.

For more information on the HPV virus, order the Mouth Cancer Foundation’s leaflet here.