April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Fast facts about Oral Cancer:

• In 2014, approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral and oral pharyngeal (posterior/rear of the mouth) cancer in the U.S. Because a large number of these individuals will be diagnosed as late stage cancers (66%), only 57% of them will survive five years.

• Each year, oral cancer kills more people in the U.S. than other more widely known forms of cancer, including skin cancer (malignant melanoma), lymphatic cancer (lymphoma), thyroid, and cervical cancer.

• In the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. The death rate has remained relatively constant for almost five decades. About 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the U.S. every day of the year

The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of Oral Cancer. At Gallery57Dental our Hygienists perform an oral cancer screening at each visit as well as our Doctors at each check up. We are dedicated to supporting Oral Cancer awareness month.

 

For more facts about Oral Cancer visit the Oral Cancer Foundations website.

 

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