April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Oral cancer accounts for roughly three percent of all cancers diagnosed annually in the United States, or about 53,000 new cases each year.
Oral cancer awareness month is observed every April with the aim of raising public awareness about oral cancer, its risk factors, symptoms, and prevention. Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, can occur in any part of the mouth or throat, and can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early.
Oral Cancer Information
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 54,010 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021, and approximately 10,850 people will die from the disease. Oral cancer can affect anyone, but certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing the disease, including tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and a weakened immune system.
Get Your Dental Health Back on Track
Ensuring a healthy mouth and teeth for the rest of your life requires more than just brushing twice per day. But you can avoid long-term complications like gum disease, cavities, and gingivitis by following 4 simple steps.
Early detection is crucial for successful treatment of oral cancer. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of the disease. Some common symptoms of oral cancer include persistent mouth sores, swelling or lumps in the mouth or throat, difficulty swallowing or speaking, unexplained bleeding, and chronic sore throat or hoarseness.
Oral cancer treatment typically depends on the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the individual’s overall health and preferences. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatments.
Prevention is also key to reducing the risk of oral cancer. Avoiding tobacco use, limiting alcohol consumption, practicing good oral hygiene, and getting vaccinated against HPV can help to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Regular dental check-ups can also help to detect oral cancer early and ensure timely treatment.
During oral cancer awareness month, various organizations and health professionals may engage in activities aimed at raising awareness about the disease, such as providing educational resources, hosting events, and offering free screenings. By increasing awareness about the risk factors, symptoms, and prevention of oral cancer, we can work towards reducing the incidence and impact of this disease.
Better Oral health for all
The Oral Health Foundation created this compelling video to showcase the importance of taking care of your Oral Health