Did you know that according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year? It will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
It is important to have any sore/discolored area of your mouth that doesn’t heal within 14 days, looked at by a professional.
Other symptoms include; a lump inside the mouth or neck, pain or difficulty swallowing, hoarseness which lasts for a long time, or any numbness in the oral/facial region. If you notice anything suspicious, don’t wait until your next appointment to get it looked at!
Early detection is key because historically, the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high – not because it’s hard to diagnose, but due to late discovery late in its development.
Regular oral cancer screenings important for early detection – that’s why they are performed at every hygiene appointment by Dr. Pooley!
Those who are at higher risk of oral cancer are Tobacco users, heavy alcohol user, those with high exposure to UV light, people over 40.
If you drink and use tobacco products are 15x more likely to develop oral cancer!
Learn more at: www.http://oralcancerfoundation.org/