Health Insurance Claims for Oral Cancer Soar

From 2011 to 2015, claims for the condition jumped 61% for everybody, with men representing the lion’s share of the increase, according to a study by the not-for-profit FAIR Health as reported in Dentistry Today. This, while the historically typical cause for the disease—smoking—has gone down. (Alcohol consumption is also a common cause.) Researchers link the current situation to the spread of HPV, which can affect the mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils.   

In men, throat cancer and tongue cancer grew the most in that time period, with men accounting for 74% of insurance claims; women accounted for 26%. The American Dental Association says that oral cancer screenings should be done during routine dental checkups, especially for smokers and heavy drinkers. Males were much less likely than females to seek dental examinations and cleanings despite their greater risk for oral cancer.

Source: Dentistry Today