here are numerous factors that could put you at a greater risk of developing oral cancer, one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S. A patient who uses cigarettes, tobacco-containing products, or alcohol, or who has excessive sun exposure, can be at risk for developing this oral condition. When a patient has several of these risk factors, their overall risk for developing oral cancer is much greater than having one risk factor alone. However, the one getting a lot of attention in the dental community is HPV and its link to the development of oral cancer.
Approximately every hour, another person becomes a victim of oral cancer. Increasingly we are seeing this not just in the tobacco users, but all adults, including the young adults, and even those that have never smoked or used tobacco. At Katy Trail Dental, our philosophy is prevention. That is why we offer and recommend the Molecular Oral Pap (MOP) test to our patients.