Oral and Neck Cancer
Â "I'm going to take a good look inside your mouth." Â
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Â Â Â Doctor Michelle Cullen isn't looking for cavities, she's looking for signs of cancer.Â
"If you have a sore in your mouth that doesn't resolve in a week to two weeks, that's definitely something you should get checked."
Â Â Â Lori Hamilton's husband Bobby was diagnosed with neck cancer at the age of 47.Â
"He wasn't aware of it. He wasn't aware that head and neck cancer was the fifth-largest cancer out there."
Â Â Â The Champion Nascar Driver died last year and now Lori is encouraging people to get screened for the disease. Â
"It's painless. The worst thing they do is hold your tongue out and they look down your throat." Â
Â Â Â Lori's not sure what caused her husband's cancer. People with a history of heavy smoking and drinking are most at risk, but the American Cancer Society now estimates up to 30-percent of cases may be caused by a sexually transmitted virus.Â
"Well, there has been some recent evidence that demonstrates that head-neck cancer, particularly in the base of the tongue and the tonsils may be linked to the Human Papillomavirus or HPV."
Â Doctors say early diagnosis is key to survival. Â
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