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Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;57(2):339-55. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2013.02.001.

Oral and pharyngeal cancer in women.

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Division of Oral Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY 10032, USA.


Although in the United States the incidence of oral and pharyngeal cancer (OPC) has been significantly higher in men than in women, the identification of human papilloma virus as a risk factor for OPC has focused new scrutiny on who may develop OPC. One surprising element is that non-Hispanic white women have a higher incidence of OPC than of cervical cancer. OPC is thus a woman's disease, and diligence is needed to ensure that the occurrence of OPC in women does not go undetected by their oral health care providers.

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