7 Things You Should Know About Oral Cancer

Missing Tooth ImgCancer. The ugly “c” word that none of us ever want to hear. But, the truth is, that 30% of deaths associated with cancer are from preventable sources such as tobacco, alcohol, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy diet. Oral cancer is one of those than can be prevented with the appropriate measures to take care of your oral health. Jordan Dentistry shares 7 things that you should know about oral cancer. 

  1. Approximately 7,880 men and women will die of oral cancer this year.
  2. If you are an oral cancer survivor, you are 20 times more likely than the average person to develop a second cancer.
  3. Approximately 75% of all oral cancers are associated with tobacco use including smokeless tobacco
  4. Those who smoke and drink have a 15x greater risk than the overall population
  5. Studies have shown that some factors that cause oral cancers is the infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  6. During your annual oral health exam, you are being screened for oral cancer.
  7. If you have any abnormalities in your mouth that last longer than 2 weeks, they may be a sign of oral cancer.

Jordan Dentistry is now offering the Velscope for oral cancer screenings. Please call today to schedule a screening if you feel that you may have symptoms or signs of oral cancer.

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