|A Comprehensive Review of a Visual and Tactile Oral Cancer Screening|
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Dental Professionals Can Make a Difference
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation about 43,250 people in the US will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.Oral cancer is both deadly and debilitating; only about half of those diagnosed make the 5 year survival mark. Historically, the main reason for this is that oral cancer is often painless and not diagnosed until it's later stages. Additionally, oral human papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers often occur in the back of the throat or in the tonsil area and may be more difficult to detect.
Oral cancer screenings save lives and take just a few minutes. Unfortunately, data seems to indicate that only about 25% of those visiting their dental practice report having an oral cancer screening. So, not only is important to do the exam, but taking the time to explain what we are doing can heighten awareness with our patients about oral cancer. Watch this short video for a comprehensive review on conducting an oral cancer screening.