During your hygiene visits to DesertSmiles, our hygienists perform an oral cancer screening. This is vital considering the following facts: 1. Men are two times more likely to develop oral cancer. 2. Over 35% of oral cancer is HPV(human papiloma virus) related – the fastest growing type of oral cancer in the U.S. 3. HPV is the #1 STD (sexually transmitted disease ) in America. 4. Oral cancer is most prevalent in individuals 50-80 years of age, except HPV related cancer is most frequently seen in healthy males age 18-30. 5. Because HPV is an easily spread virus, virtually no one is immune to contraction and everyone should be screened regularly for oral cancer. 6. It is critical for patients to understand this risk and the importance for regular screening. Health care relies on dental offices to detect and diagnose this deadly disease. For more information about snoring solutions and CPAP alternatives for sleep apnea in Phoenix and Scottsdale visit our Glendale dental sleep medicine office. To see beautiful smiles and tooth shapes by Phoenix cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox visit www.DesertSmiles.com.