Did you know that oral and upper throat cancer kills nearly one person every hour of every day?
Unfortunately, only 60% of those diagnosed with these cancers will survive for longer than 5 years. The death rate is high because oral cancer is often discovered late in its development.
These are sobering statistics that you may not have heard much about. However, it’s important that you know the facts about oral cancer so you can be properly screened and prepared to catch it early.
At Kellerman Dental, we include oral cancer screenings as part of every exam. Fortunately, we’ve discovered early symptoms in our patients in Glen Carbon and Edwardsville that have allowed them to seek treatment early with a positive prognosis for recovery.
You might be surprised by some of the contributing risk factors for oral cancer.
For example, did you know that men are twice as likely to develop this cancer than women? Also, those carrying HPV (often unknowingly) are at an increased risk for oral cancer?
Our colleagues at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) have put together a really interesting infographic sharing some great oral cancer facts:
According to the AAOMS, the very best action you can take when it comes to oral cancer detection is to maintain regular visits to your dentist (and ensure they are performing a screening each time). However, there are signs and symptoms you should know as well from the Oral Cancer Foundation:
If you have any concerns related to the above symptoms, contact your dentist or primary care doctor immediately.
If you have questions about oral cancer risks or any aspect of your health, we’re always here to help at Kellerman Dental! Give us a call or inquire with Dr. Kellerman during your next visit.