Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness month, I want to talk to our Mill Creek 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
Our oral cancer screenings are quick and painless, and are part of our comprehensive exam process. We will biopsy any suspicious tissue so you get any critical information as quickly as possible.
Call our Mill Creek dental office at 425.298.3925 to make an appointment for a checkup, especially if it’s been awhile since your last one! Prevention and regular health care are important for your dental health and your total well being!
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