Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The word “cancer” on its own is scary. Yet, you don’t hear much about Oral Cancer. Does this mean Oral Cancer should not be worrisome? Read the following statistics and then decide for yourself:

• Oral Cancer has one of the worst survival rates of all cancers.
• Oral Cancer takes the life of one American every hour of every day.
• This year, nearly 50,000 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer, resulting in about 10,000 deaths.
• The poor survival rate is because Oral Cancer is typically found after the disease has advanced.
• For those who are diagnosed with Oral Cancer, over 50% will not live more than 5 years.
• Treating Oral Cancer can be horribly disfiguring.
• Oral Cancer is more than twice as common in men as in women.
• The average age of Oral Cancer diagnosis is 62 with more than a fourth occurring in ages 55 and younger.
• Cases of Oral Cancer have been on the rise due to its links to the human papilloma virus (HPV) in males and females.
• Oral Cancer occurs in the tongue, tonsils & oropharynx, gums, base of the mouth and in other oral tissues as well as the lips and salivary glands.
• A small percentage of those who are newly diagnosed with Oral Cancer will develop another cancer nearby, such as the larynx (voice box), esophagus or lung.

Sound like a cancer that warrants concern? This is why we use advanced technology to detect Oral Cancer signs at early stages.

Using ViziLite, we provide our patients with an early detection screening for Oral Cancer that is performed painlessly and quickly.

Quick, painless screening for early detection of Oral Cancer

Quick, painless screening for early detection of Oral Cancer

ViziLite uses a light source to illuminate suspicious areas in the mouth that are not apparent in a visible exam. If found, we can advise the patient on immediate steps to take.

During the months of April and May 2016, we are offering complimentary ViziLite screenings for Oral Cancer. Being a patient of Riverside Dental Arts is not a requirement and referrals are welcome.

It is also important to be familiar with the signs of Oral Cancer. These include:

• Swelling, lumps, rough or crusty spots on the lips or inside the mouth
• White, red, or speckled spots in the mouth
• Difficulty swallowing or moving the tongue
• Numbness or pain on the face or in the mouth
• Persistent pain in the ear
• Sores that bleed easily and do not heal within 2 weeks
• Feeling something is caught in the the throat or having a persistent sore throat
• Hoarseness, chronic sore throat, or change in voice

Oral Cancer is a horrible and even deadly disease. Please take these signs VERY seriously. And, if you have not had an Oral Cancer screening in the past year, please take this opportunity to have one performed at no cost. Call 910-254-4555 for an appointment.

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