27 July 2016
People who are infected with the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) are at a greater risk of developing mouth cancer, according to a new report.
New research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has shown evidence that patients who have HCV were more than twice as likely to develop either cancers in mouth cavity or of the oropharynx1.
There are estimated to be more than 200,000 people in the UK who suffer from chronic HCV infection2 and leading health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, want to ensure that people are aware of the risks associated with HCV infection.
The charity has called on patients who have been diagnosed with the Hepatitis C virus to be extra vigilant to changes in their mouth and to visit their doctor of dentists as soon as possible if they think they find anything unusual.
CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “This research is very important and gives people an opportunity to learn about what risks …