Approximately 54,000 people will learn that they have oral cancer this year. This is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, so we want to share some things everyone should know about this disease.
That includes calling 845-582-3985 to schedule a dental checkup at Warwick Valley Dental in Warwick, NY.
Early Detection is Invaluable
When these cancers are found in the early stages, the survival rate is 80 to 90 percent, according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. On the other hand, the survival rate is 57 percent when oral cancer is found in the late stages.
Reduce Your Risk
Tobacco use is the leading cause of oral cancer in the United States. Heavy alcohol use is second. The third-leading cause is HPV. Avoiding tobacco, limiting or abstaining from alcohol, and getting vaccinated against HPV can greatly reduce your risk of this disease.
Visiting the Dentist can Help
When you come to our office for a dental checkup, we also can conduct an oral cancer screening. As much as we hope that we don’t find anything concerning, we also know that letting you know as soon as possible can make a big difference in the effectiveness of your treatment.
Call 845-582-3985 or to make your appointment with us in Warwick, NY.