Scary Statistics About Oral Cancer

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These areas should be self-checked regularly.   If you develop a bump or sore that does not go away within 2 weeks, you should visit your dentist.

Scary, but true:

  • Close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.
  • It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day.
  • Of those 43,250 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. (Approximately 57%)
  • This is a number which has not significantly improved in decades.

See these along with other facts about oral cancer at http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

Be sure to see your dentist and hygienist every 6 months for a routine visit and cancer screening.

 

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