This year, around 54,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. We hope you are not one of them, but we also know that early detection can be invaluable for treating this disease.
Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing some tips that could help you.
Visit the Dentist
At our practice, oral cancer screenings are part of your dental checkups. If we see something suspicious, such as white or red patches of soft tissue in your mouth, we want you to know as soon as possible so you can contact your doctor.
Don’t Use Tobacco
Tobacco raises your risk of getting many kinds of cancer, including oral and throat cancers. By quitting or abstaining from tobacco, you can seriously reduce your likelihood of developing this disease.
For most people, HPV poses no health risk, but for 1 percent of the population, it can lead to oral or other cancers. You or someone in your family may be eligible for a vaccine against this virus. Talk to your family doctor to find out if you are eligible.