Why are we discussing oral cancer screening? As of 2003, the dental industry has officially named November 1st through the 31st mouth cancer action and awareness month, and while this may be the first you’ve heard of this, you can rest assured it is certainly a cause worth knowing about!
As you probably know, cancer in all its forms is an extremely serious and potentially life-threatening illness, however there are but few types of cancer that are more treacherous and worrisome then that of oral cancer. Oral cancer is a particularly aggressive type of cancer that can manifest within the throat, cheeks, lips, or tongue, and may continue to spread throughout the body.
Every year countless people worldwide are diagnosed with oral cancer, and with an annual total of approximately 7,500 oral cancer related deaths occurring within the U.S. alone, (particularly among heavy users of alcohol or tobacco) it’s clear that oral cancer is not something to be taken lightly. However, if oral cancer is detected within its early stages, it may in fact be relatively easy to treat. Therefore, scheduling your next dental checkup might be a bit more important than you might expect!
Dr. Travis A. Roberts, DDS November 7th, 2017
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