Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, I want to talk to our Garden City dental patients about the risks and prevention of oral cancer. It’s not a cancer that gets talked about much, but it can be very serious if it’s not caught early. The American Cancer Society has published that approximately 36,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed and nearly 7,000 people will die from oral cancer this year alone. (Source: ACS, revised 02.26.2013)
Those are big numbers, and I certainly don’t want to scare my patients! I just wante to make sure they are aware of the risks Oral cancer isn’t difficult to diagnose, but the thing to keep in mind is that this cancer is usually caught in later stages, when it’s spread to other parts of the body.
Who Gets Oral Cancer
We can’t predict who will get oral cancer, but there are some factors that can put you at a much higher risk for oral cancer:
Oral Cancer Dental Screening
Regular dental checkups with oral cancer exams are the best way to catch oral cancer early. If it’s been a while since your last checkup, why not give us a call at our dental office in Garden City today? We’d like to keep seeing your for a long time!
– Kathy M.
– Tami M.