April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

While many people are aware that all forms of cancers are on the rise, oral cancer awareness is quite low including limited knowledge on what causes oral cancer. Many people believe that all cases of oral cancer are related to smoking and tobacco use which, unfortunately, is not the case. Smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors and indulging in those activities should be limited. However, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is among young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading. With limited options, the primary way to save lives is with public awareness and professional involvement.

Here at Valley Dental, we perform oral cancer screenings at each visit as a part of the exam process. Why do we perform the screenings so often? Because approximately 49,750 people this year in the U.S. will be diagnosed for the first time with oral cancer; that equals out to be around 136 people every day. Most importantly though, one person every hour will lose their battle with oral cancer. Simply put, we value the lives of our patients, which is why we perform oral cancer screenings at every visit. If it’s been awhile, give Valley Dental a call to get checked today!

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This article was written by Valley Dental

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