HPV is the Human Papillomavirus. It’s the virus that basically causes cervical cancer. In recent years, the HPV has become a significant cause of oral cancers – specifically of the tonsils and the oral-pharynx in the back of the throat. What it does, it basically reprograms, just like any other virus, it takes over your cells and changes the programming and makes them grow excessively. So, the Human Papillomavirus has become (almost) the number one cause of cancer of the tonsils and oral pharynx at this point.
Dr. Ronald Koslowski, DDS FACP is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and Dental Oncologist who practices in Encino, California. Dr. Koslowski is the author of “Take Back the Smile That Cancer Stole: The Cancer Patients Guide to Better Dental Health”, which is free to cancer patients and survivors who call our office to request a copy at 818-986-9036.