Oral cavity cancer can start in the throat just beyond the mouth, causing tumors or growths to occur in the tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, gums, lips, minor salivary glands and the floor of the mouth. In 2019, the United States estimated 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal (throat) cancer year, 60% of which will be men. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is believed to be the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer, primarily affecting the tonsils, base of the tongue, and the front of the mouth. While there has been an overall drop in the rate of new cases of HPV-negative oral cancers. In recent years, research has revealed an ongoing rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer linked to HPV infection in both men and women. With the HPV vaccine administered mainly to women, the proportion of men getting these cancers is expected to rise. With over two-thirds of those affected over the age of 55, oral and oropharyngeal cancers are a major risk for fathers throughout the United States and the world.
So, honor your dad this Father’s Day with a donation to the THANC Foundation. Your contribution will help to support our commitment to fund research and education in the early detection and treatment of cancers and to further increase the public’s awareness of oral and oropharyngeal cancer.