APRIL IS ORAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!
Close to 40,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. Sadly, it will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 40,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.
Oral cancer (cancer of the head, neck & mouth) can go completely undetected and kills. Early development of oral cancer doesn’t always produce physical symptoms that you would be aware of. However, if detected early enough survival rate increases 80-90%.
In years past, oral cancer was a disease most often associated with older ones who were long time tobacco users. Not anymore! A serious change has taken place, a common sexually transmitted virus has replaced tobacco as the number one cause, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in persons ages 25-50.
Additional risk factors include high alcohol consumption, the use of conventional smokeless (chewing/spit) tobacco, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun (for lip cancers).
The good news is, Oral Cancer is easier than ever to detect. The screening is quick and painless. Knowing all the risk factors and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent this deadly disease.
Please call us today at 734-485-2200 to schedule your potentially life saving screening.
Thank you ** We’ll see you soon!
David Schmidt, D.D.S.
1900 Packard Rd
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 Phone: 1-734-485-2200
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