April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. We are taking this opportunity to share some things that everyone should know about the potentially deadly disease, including and especially what you can do to reduce your risk of developing it.
How Common It Is
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an estimated 145 people are diagnosed with this disease every day. That’s nearly 54,000 this year in the United States.
Risk Factors to Know
Tobacco use is far and away the leading risk factor for oral cancer in the US. However, alcohol abuse and HPV are the second and third leading risk factors.
Avoiding or quitting tobacco, limiting or avoiding alcohol, and getting vaccinated against HPV can greatly reduce your risk or the risk of someone you care about.
Early Detection Matters
When oral cancer is found in the early stages, the five-year survival rate is between 80 and 90 percent depending on the type of oral cancer. When this cancer is found in the late stages, the five-year survival rate drops to 57 percent.
The Dental Connection
When you visit us, we are looking for more than just cavities and gum infections. If we notice unusual things, like discoloration of soft tissues, lumps, and other anomalies that could indicate oral cancer, then we want you to know right away so you can get tested.
You also can perform a self-check at any time.
If you haven’t scheduled your next dental appointment, today is the day to reach out to us. Call LakeCrest Dental at 918-205-4492 or contact us online to schedule your appointment in Broken Arrow, OK. You also can make an appointment at one of our other locations.