April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Oral cancer kills one American every hour.

Roughly 40% of new diagnosis are YOUNG, NON-SMOKERS — how can this be when oral cancer used to be a disease associated with 40+ year-old male smokers and tobacco users? It is because HPV exposure (which can be transmitted through saliva, skin contact or sex) is the cause of a 15x increase in oral cancer diagnosis. Five-year survival rate is 50%. So early diagnosis is the most important thing we can offer our patients. The majority of cases of oral cancer are found in the late stages.

What can your dentist do to save your life or those you love?

Perform a simple 2-minute examination using fluorescence technology that allows the doctor to identify oral abnormalities that are not visible to the naked eye.

Are you a male?

HPV-related cancers are 6-7 times more common in men than women.

Not to mention that women are more proactive than men in maintaining their teeth and gums so women are more likely to have annual examinations and oral cancer screenings then men. According to research by the Academy of Periodontology, women are almost twice as likely to have received regular dental checkups in the past year as well as schedule recommended treatment following their checkups.

About Annapolis Green Dental

Annapolis Green Dental is Annapolis’ choice for holistic and biological dentistry. We’re always accepting new patients. Make an appointment or call us at 410-257-7200.