Letís Talk About Oral Cancer
Most drivers are concerned about health issues such as weight management and back and neck pain. They should also be concerned about oral cancer. Here are some facts from the American Dental Association:
- Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,360 Americans each year
- More than 25% of the 30,000 Americans that get oral cancer will die
- Only half of those diagnosed will survive more than five years
- African-Americans are especially vulnerable and their mortality rate is almost twice as high as for Caucasians
- Approximately 25% of oral cancer patients have no known risk factors (such as tobacco and alcohol use)
- There has been a nearly five-fold increase in incidence in oral cancer patients under age 40
- The incidence of oral cancer in women has increased significantly, largely due to an increase in women smoking
Other than checking for food in their teeth, most people don’t spend time inspecting the inside of their mouths. Oral cancer is indicated by red or white spots inside the mouth, on and under the tongue, and around the lips. A dentist will take time to do a thorough inspection of these areas. Most spots are benign; however, if the dentist sees a spot with no apparent known cause, further investigation is necessary to determine if the area is pre-cancerous or cancerous. Finding and removing the dysplasias before they become cancerous is the most effective method for reducing the incidence of cancer.
Good oral hygiene is important for your overall health. If you haven’t seen a dental professional for an exam in a while, make an appointment. The dentist will also screen for periodontal disease (gum disease), which over 80% of adults experience. Remember: you’re not just taking care of your smile – you are taking care of your overall health.
If you don’t have a dentist, or have trouble going to the dentist because of your driving schedule, click here to contact our resource partner, TheManInWhite for a referral to a dentist in your area.
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