Raising Awareness: Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April marks Oral Cancer Awareness Month, serving as a vital reminder of the importance of early detection and prevention in combating oral cancer, a disease that affects millions worldwide. OralDNA® Labs offers the OraRisk® HPV test to aid in identifying individuals at risk.

Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in the mouth or throat tissues, potentially affecting various areas such as the lips, tongue, gums, inner lining of the cheeks, roof and floor of the mouth, as well as the tonsils and the back of the throat. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses commonly transmitted through sexual contact, with certain strains, particularly HPV16, linked to the development of oral cancer.

OraRisk HPV is a screening tool designed to detect the presence of 51 types of HPV in the oral cavity. Early detection of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms. However, for a small fraction of patients, a persistent HPV infection can. This test enables healthcare providers to identify individuals at an increased risk of developing oral cancer due to HPV infection, allowing for early intervention and treatment. Additionally, it empowers patients to take proactive steps in protecting their oral health by adopting risk-reduction strategies and seeking regular screenings from their healthcare provider.

As we observe Oral Cancer Awareness Month, it is crucial to raise awareness about the significance of oral cancer screening and prevention. Encouraging individuals to undergo regular screenings will aid in detecting oral cancer in its early stages, ultimately saving lives. Healthcare professionals play a pivotal role in promoting screening initiatives and educating patients about the risk factors associated with oral cancer. OralDNA Labs is your partner to achieve healthier and happier patients.

To learn more about our OraRisk HPV® test, please click here. You can also reach out to our Client Success team at 855-ORALDNA (672-5362) or support@oraldna.com.

Abby McMillan