Patients With Hepatitis C are at Risk of Developing Mouth Cancer, OHF is Urging Them to be Vigilant

People who are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at a greater risk of developing mouth cancer, according to a new report.

New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has shown evidence that patients who have HCV were more than twice as likely to develop either cancers in mouth cavity or of the oropharynx (Mahale et al, 2016).

According to a 2015 Public Health England report, there are estimated to be more than 200,000 people in the UK who suffer from chronic HCV infection. The Oral Health Foundation wants to ensure that people are aware of the risks associated with HCV infection.

The charity has called on patients who have been diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus to be extra vigilant to changes in their mouth and to visit their doctor or dentist as soon as possible if they find anything unusual.

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