Did you know that every year, over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer?
Of that, about 8,000 will die from the disease. That’s approximately one death per hour.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and at Lake County Dental, we’re here to answer all your questions about oral cancer.
What is oral cancer?
Oral cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the oral cavity – including the lips, tongue, mouth and throat. The death rate for oral cancer has always been relatively high compared to many other common cancers — not because it’s hard to diagnose or treat, but because in many cases it is found too late – after it’s metastasized to another area of the body (such as the lymph nodes).
It can also be tricky because there are often no symptoms or pain in the early stages, and a person can be completely unaware that the disease is growing and thriving in their body.
Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect oral cancer early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing it.
Know the facts about Oral Cancer:
Get screened for oral cancer every year.
Your overall health is #1 with us, so we recommend a yearly screening if you are 18 years of age or older. Make screenings a part of your regular dental check-ups.
Early detection is the key – and can make the difference between life or death. Don’t delay… say, “Ahhhh…” and get your screen on today!
Dr. Potts is a gentle, caring dentist uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition technical proficiency, Dr. Potts is a careful listener. He makes sure to understand what you want and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your individual needs, along with all options available to you.