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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is oral cancer common in teens, bc i have gotten the gardasil shot, can i still get oral cancer ? is it common for 18 yr old girls ?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not likely: Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men. Gardasil is a vaccine indicated in females 9 to 26 years of age for the prevention of cervical and vaginal cancers. Ask your doctor for more information.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Very rare: Oropharyngeal cancer from HPV 16 is very rare. Greater risk risk, at your age, from tobacco or marijuana use, and/or alcohol abuse. While Gadasil9 is very effective, it is not foolproof. Be careful, and if you have any white or red spots that persist beyond two weeks see your Dentist or Physician.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
Gardasil Vaccine : Offers protection for young women and girls against cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers and genital warts caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It offers no protection against mouth cancer. Mouth cancer is exceedingly rare in persons your age, so I shouldn't worry about it.

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