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Oral Cancer Awareness Month – Why It’s REALLY Important

Stop Oral Cancer on Open Hand.April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and this is an issue we believe is especially important.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.

Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%) This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades.

This is why awareness is so important. Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than many other more common cancers, not because it’s harder to treat, but because it is often detected later than other cancers. By the time oral cancer is caught, it may have already spread. And that’s a serious problem.

At Charlotte Dentistry®, every procedure, even routine cleanings, includes a screening for oral cancer and other abnormalities. This early detection can mean much simpler treatment and faster recovery, and it could even save your life.

Oral cancer typically starts as a small sore or white/red spot anywhere in the mouth, including the gums, cheek, lips, or palate. Other symptoms can include:

  1. A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal.
  2. A color change of the oral tissues.
  3. A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area.
  4. Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips.
  5. Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

We have better tools than ever for detecting and treating oral cancer in its early stages. If you notice any changes in your mouth that don’t seem normal, call us immediately at 704-376-6470 for a checkup.

Would You Like to Know More? Use the “Ask The Expert” feature on our website. It may be something that doesn’t merit concern, but if not, we can help you catch it early.

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