According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 45,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,650 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of the 45,750 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
Unfortunately, in many instances, oral cancer is present without any signs or symptoms. It has been called a silent killer. During a comprehensive exam, our dentists will exam your lips, gums, tongue, roof and floor of the mouth. If any irregular tissue is spotted, you may be sent for a diagnostic exam.
We know that at times our patients may request to skip an exam, which includes your annual oral cancer screening. We feel it to be a dangerous disservice to accommodate this request.
Please spread the word to your family and friends. Forwarding this message could save a life.
For more information, or to schedule your next dental visit, please contact us.