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A 24-year-old female asked:

Diagnosed with hpv and have a canker sore on the front of my mouth. its not in the back of throat like things say, should i be worried for oral cancer?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
HPV: You may have a canker sore. This will heal in about 10 days to 2 weeks. Oral cancers are typically painless spots that do not heal and are more likely n older patients, in frequent at your age. If your lesion does not heal within 2 weeks see a dentist or oral surgeon and have the area evaluated.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: It is unlikely that you have oral cancer. Was HPV detected as part of PAP smear? You should follow your doctor's advise about follow-up tests. You should still get HPV vaccine to prevent against other strains of the virus. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.

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