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Oral Cancer Screening and Prevention

1. Guidelines for Screening

Risk factors:


Smokeless (chewing) tobacco


Poor oral hygiene

Human papilloma virus (HPV-16) infection

   Co-factor: marihuana smoking

   Co-factor: Number of oral sex partners

Oral leukoplakia

Oral lichen planus

Family history of oral cancer

Open mouth kissing


Screening recommendation:


Annual oral cancer examination by a dentist


2. Cancer Prevention 


Avoidance of smoking (smoking cessation program)

Limit alcohol intake

Vaccination of boys and girls with Gardasil™

Avoid HPV infection by use of condoms during oral sex

Smoking cessation programs

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