April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Early Detection Saves Lives
In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our office will be offering free oral cancer screenings to the public and our patients on Friday, April 12th. In addition, we will offer a Velscope (fluorescent light) oral cancer screening to our existing patients who schedule during the month for a price of $20 instead of the regular fee of $47. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.
Who should get screened?
Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.
What are the risk factors?
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.
We are excited to be able to offer this to the community and our patients. Please let your friends and family know! Call us at 916-983-6051 to make an appointment for your complimentary screening.
For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.oralcancer.org.