Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. There are many different types of HPV, and the health risk varies depending upon the type of virus. While some types of HPV are low-risk and may cause minor skin lesions, there are other HPV types that are classified as high-risk. These high-risk HPV types may cause an HPV infection that can lead to cancer. For example, medical research shows that certain high-risk types of HPV are linked to approximately 90% of cervical cancers. Similarly, recent studies show that these same high-risk types of HPV can cause cancers of the mouth, tongue, and throat areas.
HPV and Oral Cancer: Are You at Risk?
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and another 6 million people become newly infected each year. And, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, recent data indicates that the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population is non-smokers under the age of 50. Early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms: thus, a visual exam would not detect people that may already have an infection caused by oral HPV.
OraRisk an Oral Cancer Screening Tool
Expressions Dental is excited to now offer a new and innovative saliva test called OraRisk, a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the presence and type(s) of HPV, and enable the clinician to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions.
Here’s how the test is done…You will be asked to “swish and gargle” with a sterile saline solution for 30 seconds. You will then empty the saline from your mouth into a small, coded container that will be sent to OralDNA Labs for processing. The results will be sent to our office and we will contact you to discuss them.
This quick and non-invasive test delivers information that will enable us to better determine the appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Ask us if this test may be of benefit to you. For more information, visit www.OralDNA.com or The Oral Cancer Foundation.