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A 42-year-old member asked:

Should gynos be doing mouth checks since oral cancer from stds is on the rise?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: But not for that reason. They are considered a primary care specialty so should do a complete physical exam which includes the mouth. Some women don't see any other physician.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
While I am a: Cancer physician, and i know what diagnosis my patients have, i tend to do a physical with a focus based on what the patient tells me. Hpv associated cancer in the head and neck is associated with the oropharynx: tonsils, tongue base, pharyngeal walls, suprglottic larynx...You cannot see most of this without a mirroe or a scope. Oral (tongue, floor of mouth, buccal mucosa, etc) best by dds/ent.
Last updated Jun 22, 2014

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