Many Americans are unaware of the serious health threat of oral cancer. This epidemic flies below the radar for most, even though every sixty minutes someone dies from oral cancer in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 48,250 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone.
The majority of oral cancers are thought to be caused by the major risk factors of excessive use of tobacco and alcohol. However, a significantly growing percentage of individuals diagnosed with oral cancer are from the human papillomavirus (HPV). The latter group are oftentimes young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals.
A great deal can be done to reduce the incidence of oral cancer through education and minimization of risk factors for this disease. The reduction of risk factors plus routine oral cancer screenings creates the best chances to save lives.
The Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) established April as Oral Cancer Awareness month. OCF has invited us to join them in their national oral cancer screening campaign to increase oral cancer awareness.
Our office will be offering complimentary oral cancer screenings throughout the month of April for all members of the community. With your help, we can all work together to reduce the incidence of oral cancer.
Source: Jonathan A Bregman, DDS, FAGD, CAFL