Oral Cancer Awareness Month: Get the Facts

oral cancer screeningNearly one person every hour of every day of the year dies from oral and pharyngeal cancer. There are approximately 50,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer annually and, of those newly diagnosed, only about 60 percent will live longer than five years. In short: Oral cancer is serious. It can kill. And those who do survive oral cancer often suffer with severe facial disfigurement, or challenges with speaking and eating.

Mortality rate for oral cancer is high, not because diagnosis or detection is difficult, but because the disease is found too late. Regular visits to your dentist every six months include a brief but thorough oral and neck exam to determine if there are any signs of oral cancer. Learn more facts in the below infographic from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

And don’t waste any time scheduling your next cleaning and dental checkup from your Johns Creek dentist. Your family dentist is one of the best people to conduct a thorough oral cancer screening to ensure that your mouth is healthy. If it’s been too long since your last cleaning and exam, contact us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mitul Patel at Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, proudly serving Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth, and neighboring cities.

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