It’s understandable that people avoid talking about cancer. But knowledge is power, and we want our patients to understand as with many forms of cancer, early detection and treatment are critical for a positive long-term prognosis. Oral cancer is one of the more aggressive types of cancer, but routine screenings during oral exams can dramatically improve survival rates.
Increased Risk for Men
Unfortunately, there has recently been a dramatic increase in HPV-related oral cancer, particularly among men. HPV is short for human papillomavirus and is the primary cause of oral cancers. It is estimated that 11 million men and 3 million women were actively infected with oral HPV between 2011 and 2014. During the same period, nearly 40,000 people were diagnosed each year with HPV-related cancer.
Early Screenings Saves Lives
Oral cancer is widespread, not because it is difficult to detect, but because it is often not caught until the later stages when odds of survival significantly decrease. Each year, nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral oropharyngeal cancer, resulting in almost 10,000 deaths.
These are certainly sobering statistics, but routine screenings help us find oral cancer in its early stages, dramatically increasing the odds of survival. A routine screening is nothing to fear; Delmar dentist Dr. Henry Huang will examine your lips, gums, and tongue to look for abnormalities like white spots. He will also palpate your neck with his fingers to check for any lumps.
Please Call Our Office to Arrange Your Screening
You can see how critical early detection is, so routine screenings are essential to your health and well-being. If you haven’t been screened for oral cancer recently, we recommend you call Bethlehem Town Family Dental to arrange an appointment. We want to support you in every aspect of your oral and general health, and oral cancer screenings are part of keeping you healthy.