April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Always April is a national partnership of oral surgery practices across the country that strives to bring oral cancer awareness into a year-round discussion.

At Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, we look for signs of oral cancer during every patient exam. Earlier this year, we were able to host a free screening event for our community. We want to continue to remind everyone that the earlier oral cancer is detected and treated, the better the outcome.

Did you know...

  • The American Cancer Society estimated that there would be more than 54,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021.
  • One person is diagnosed with oral cancer every 10 minutes in the United States.
  • Oral cancer is one of the most common, yet most preventable, cancers. When detected early, the 5-year relative survival rate is approximately 81%.
  • Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers are twice as common in men than in women.
  • Having too much body weight appears to increase the risk of oral cancer.
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What to expect during an oral cancer screening:

There is no need to do anything to prepare for a standard oral cancer screening. During the screening, an oral care specialist will look over the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. They will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities and may examine your throat and neck for lumps.

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