Annual Oral Cancer Screening is Vital to your Health.
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, almost 45,750 people in the United States will be diagnosed with either pharyngeal or oral cancer this year alone. Of those 45,750 people, only a little more than half will still be alive in 5 years. Oral cancer is a very serious problem, and it afflicts all too many people. Up to 90% of oral cancer cases can be treated if caught in the early stages, and that is why oral cancer screenings are so very important. You should get screened for oral cancer a minimum of once per year, and that is especially true if you regularly use tobacco products or consume alcohol, as both of these things put you at a higher risk for oral cancer. Other risk factors include, ill-fitting dentures that cause long-term irritation, poor nutrition, immunosuppressive drugs, HPV, radiation exposure and prolonged sun exposure, just to name a few.
Can you prevent oral cancer?
Luckily, oral cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, and there are many things you can do to minimize your risk, including:
- Avoiding tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products.
- Consuming alcohol in moderation.
- Removing and diligently cleaning dentures every night.
- Limiting sun exposure.
- Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Are you due for an oral cancer screening? If so, contact our dentist in Lawrence, Dr. James Otten, to schedule your appointment today!