In 2011, the
United Kingdom recorded 6,200 oral cancer diagnoses, the first time the
figure has surpassed 6,000, Cancer Research UK announced today. The charity
attributed the increase to rising rates of human papillomavirus infection.
Two-thirds of the oral cancer diagnoses last year were in men, who experts
say are more likely to drink heavily and smoke, both significant risk
factors for oral cancer. There has been almost a 90 percent increase in
cancers at the base of the tongue, and about a 70 percent increase for the
tonsils. “It’s worrying to see such a big rise in oral cancer rates,” said
Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of information.