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Next week is Oral cancer awareness week. It is on the rise especially for sexually active people 18-40. This is because of the human papilloma virus. Traditionally we thought that older men who drank and smoked were more suspect to oral cancer. It has changed. It is totally treatable if caught early. The only way it will be caught is a yearly examination by a dental professional. We use light enhanced examination and will brush biopsy (much like a pap smear) any red or white spots that are very common.