April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that oral cancer kills nearly one person every hour and that, if you are diagnosed with oral cancer, you stand a 40% chance of dying from the disease within five years? April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and if you have not made oral cancer screening part of your routine dental exam, it is time to start. A big problem with oral cancer is that is often detected late, which makes it that much harder to recover from. The mortality rate for oral cancers is higher than many other cancers, which is even more reason to be routinely screened.

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Oral Cancer: What You Need to Know

Oral cancer is any cancer that develops in the lips, gums, tongue, inner lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth and floor of the mouth (under the tongue). Also related, mouth cancer is one of several types of cancers which are grouped into a category called head and neck cancers. This year, doctors and dentists will diagnose an estimated 54,010 adults (38,800 men and 15,210 women) in the United States with oral cancer.  

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Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. One of the more deadly types of cancer involves the mouth. In fact, Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, fewer than 60% will live longer than five years. To increase awareness, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) encourages dentists and other dental professionals to raise awareness about facial protection and oral cancer screenings.

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