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A 18-year-old female asked:

Is oral cancer common in teenagers, i'm 18 got the 3 hpv vaccines. i'm worried i might have it bc i have dry mouth. but i'm also on antibiotics. ?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Please relax: Oral cancer is very uncommon in teenagers. It is most common in older folks associated with smoking and drinking too much alcohol. Your dry mouth could easily be a side effect from taking your antibiotics. Getting the HPV vaccine will be a good prevention against oral cancer from HPV. Drink water and remember your safe sex practices:)
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
No, it is not: You do not need to worry about this problem. it is a disease of older adults who smoke and drink alcohol. Good luck.

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