Early detection is the key to fighting cancer. One common cancer is often missed because no one is looking.
A recent gum disease diagnosis has Rita Mizrahi concerned about another issue: oral cancer.
"I'm sure oral cancer is also important to get screened," said Mizrahi.
She's right. In the past, older men were the target population. Now, everyone is at risk. "
Most of us don't realize that every day 100 people are diagnosed with oral cancer," said periodontist Dr. Greg Diamond.
Oral cancer risk factors include: tobacco use, alcohol consumption, UV or X-ray exposure and a new player -- the human papilloma virus.
"We're all prone to the HPV virus. There's no longer, 'who's prone to developing oral cancer?' Everybody in the world today is prone to oral cancer," said Diamond.