Oral Cancer Awareness Month is in April – Get Your Screening Today and We’ll Donate 50% to the Oral Cancer Foundation!
April is oral cancer awareness month, and while we are always urging our patients to get a screening, no matter what month it is, we especially want to reach out to everyone during this month to help raise awareness and educate people on the dangers of oral cancer and the effects it has on your mouth and body.
We are kicking off our #IGotScreened campaign to not only help raise awareness of this deadly form of cancer, but to raise money for the Oral Cancer Foundation as well to support research. During Oral Cancer Awareness month, Advanced Dentistry South Florida will donate 50% of the proceeds from each oral cancer screening a patient receives in the month of April. This includes existing patients and new patients.
Am I at Risk for Oral Cancer?
Unfortunately, just like many forms of cancer, everyone is at risk. The fastest growing demographic for oral cancer in individuals is the younger, non-smoking crowd. You can be in the best shape of your life and still get this form of cancer. That’s why making sure you get screened regularly is very important.
There are several risk factors involved and a few of them are listed here:
- Tobacco use, including smoking and “dipping”
- Heavy consumption of alcohol
- The STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) called HPV that affects the back of the mouth
- Gender: oral cancer is twice as common in men than women
- Age: the average age of an individual at diagnosis is 62
- UV light: working outdoors or prolonged exposure to the sun can cause cancer in the lips
These are just a few of the well-known examples of risk factors associated with oral cancer.
What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
The symptoms are many. We list a few of the most common symptoms we see below:
- Hard spots or lumps in the mouth
- Red or white patches
- Difficulty chewing, talking or swallowing
- Bleeding sores in the mouth that are not healing
- Tenderness or numbness
- Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite down
Be very mindful of these symptoms and the risk factors associated with this type of cancer. Detecting this disease in the early stages may just be the difference between life and death. When found early, individuals with various oral cancers have an 80% – 90% survival rate.
Our office uses Velscope technology in order to get the most accurate, thorough screenings possible. This technology allows your dentist to see abnormalities in the tissue, which includes cancer and pre-cancer. The ease of use with Velscope also allows your dentist to perform the screening quickly within about 2 minutes. This means that the procedure can be performed while a patient has a routine hygiene visit.
Help us in the fight to end oral cancer. Schedule your screening this April during Oral Cancer Awareness month and be part of the solution.
If you have never had an oral cancer screening before, or if it’s been a while since you’ve had your last screening, do us and yourself a favor during the month of April and come in for our #IGotScreened special campaign. Your mouth and body will thank you for it and so will the Oral Cancer Foundation! Call us today to schedule at 561-495-2099