April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015 about 39,500 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer and 7,500 will die of these diseases.  Many oral cancers go undiagnosed until the disease is advanced and has spread to other areas of the body.  Because of this, oral cancer has a higher death rate than many other common cancers.  These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women. They are about equally common in blacks and in whites.

Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the tongue, the tonsils, the gums, and the floor of the mouth.  They can also be found in the lips, the salivary glands, and other sites.

The risk factors for oral cancer are tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, persistent viral infections such as HPV, and poor diet.

Dr Yash performs an oral cancer screening at every 6-month cleaning and exam.  The face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums are checked for any signs or oral cancer.

Sources: American Cancer Society  The Oral Cancer Foundation