Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, I want to talk to our Charlottesville 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 states 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)
I certainly don’t want to scare my patients, I just want to make them aware of some of the risks. Oral cancer isn’t difficult to diagnose, but it’s often caught in later stages when it has likely metastasized (spread) to other areas of the body.
Who Gets Oral Cancer
We can’t predict who will get oral cancer, but we can list some of the factors that can put you at a much higher risk for oral cancer than other people:
Oral Cancer Dental Screening
Regular dental checkups with oral cancer exams are the best way to catch oral cancer early. If it’s been awhile since your last checkup, please call our Charlottesville dental office at 434-977-3939 and schedule an appointment.
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