April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral cancer kills one American every hour. Roughly 40% of new diagnosis are YOUNG, NON-SMOKERS --- how can this be when oral cancer used to be a disease associated with 40+ year-old male smokers and tobacco users? It is because HPV exposure (which can be transmitted through saliva, skin contact or sex) is the cause of a 15x increase in oral cancer diagnosis. Five-year survival rate is 50%. So early diagnosis is the most important thing we can offer our patients. The majority of cases of oral cancer are found in the late stages. What can your dentist do to save your life or those you love? Perform a simple 2-minute examination using fluorescence technology that allows the doctor to identify oral abnormalities that are not visible to the naked eye. Are you a male? HPV-related cancers are 6-7 times more common in men than women. Not to mention that [...]