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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer kills one American every hour of every day.
Early detection saves lives. Testing is painless.

Santavicca Dental Professionals is providing FREE Drop-In head and neck oral cancer exams on April 29th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in our Lebanon office. Our aim is to screen individuals and to educate the community about oral health and oral cancer awareness. While all our patients routinely receive visual head, neck, and oral cancer screenings during regular visits, April is recognized as Oral Cancer Awareness Month by the Oral Cancer Foundation. Santavicca Dental is promoting community awareness about the important aspects of early screening and detection for this type of cancer.

It is not necessary to be a current Santavicca Dental patient to receive these screenings. There is at no cost or obligation to you. Patients who are screened and need further evaluation will be referred to a specialist.

There are several important facts to recognize about oral cancer:

  • Oral cancer is the largest group of cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category, and approximately 42,000 people in the US were newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013, projected to increase to 43,250 by the end of 2014.
  • Oral cancer is now being diagnosed in younger age groups (20s and 30s), even if they don’t use tobacco products.
  • There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus. A small percentage of people do get oral cancers from no currently identified cause.
  • When found at early stages of development, people with oral cancers have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Unfortunately at this time, the majority is found as late stage cancers, and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 45o/a at five years from diagnosis.

For more information about Oral Cancer Awareness visit OralCancerFoundation.org.
Santavicca Dental Professionals is a team of dental health professionals committed to the whole health and well-being of families and the community.