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Predicting Oral Cancer
Oral cancers can occur anywhere in the mouth. As with any cancer, the sooner it’s found, the better. A new tool helps doctors know when oral cancer may be in a patient’s future.
From Cocktails to Cancer and Back
The human body is a wonderland of complex chemical reactions that both cause and ward off disease. Alcohol can throw the body out of sorts if the system doesn’t work just right.
Oral Cancer From Dip
Dipping or using chew may not cause lung cancer, but oral cancer is still a big risk. Smokeless tobacco products have nitrosamines , which can cause cancer at high levels.
HPV Infection May Extend Cancer Patient Lives
The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes a number of malignancies, including head and neck and cervical cancers. Oddly enough, being infected with the virus may help those living with oral cancer.
Flossing Your Cancer Risks Away
You've been told to floss at least once a day to keep your gums healthy. Keeping gum disease and inflammation out of your mouth could do more than improve your smile.
Throat Cancer Patients Take Heart
Most early throat (larynx) cancers are easily treated with laser surgery or radiation. Treating advanced throat cancers is a whole different story with a better ending these days.
Elderly Cancer Patients Have Different Needs
Cancer is still primarily a disease of the elderly. By the time a person reaches their seventh decade, it's common for them to have other conditions, known as co-morbidities.
HPV-Related Throat Cancers Fare Better
The human papilloma virus (HPV) has surpassed smoking, drinking and poor diet as the leading cause of oral cancers in this country. New research is showing that people with HPV oral cancers have a better outlook than those whose oral cancers are not caused by HPV. Findings from a review of a large Danish database suggest that people with HPV-positive oropharyngeal (throat) cancer who are light smokers can be treated with radiotherapy alone and don't need chemotherapy. These folks also had a better overall outcome than people with HPV-negative throat cancer. Talk to your doctor ...
Barcode Scanning for Oral Cancers
Oral cancers that can appear anywhere in the mouth are tricky to detect. By the time they are found, these cancers can be advanced and tougher to treat. A new device that uses barcode scanning technology could change this whole dynamic.
Beastie Boy Succumbs to the Beast
Beastie Boys', Adam Yauch - better known as MCA - has died of a rare cancer. According to Rolling Stone , the rapper had been diagnosed in 2009 and was being treated for a cancer on the salivary gland.