In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve partnered with The Oral Cancer Foundation to offer free oral cancer screenings on April 27, 2013 to the public. Oral cancer has existed outside the understanding of much of the public, yet 42,000 American will be diagnosed this year alone.
These screenings are important now more than ever because oral cancer is on the rise. 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 the exposure to the HPV-16 virus, which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US.
Today, we are seeing young, non-smoking individuals as the fastest growing segment of the oral cancer population. When found early, oral cancers have an 80% survival rate. Unfortunately, the majorities are found as late stage cancers and this accounts for the very high death rate of about 45% at five years from diagnosis. Late stage diagnosis is occurring not because these cancers are hard to discover, but because of a lack of public awareness and a lack of a national program for screenings.
Oral cancer is not a rare disease. It kills one person every hour of every day in the US, and 100 new individuals will be diagnosed each day with oral cancer. These staggering statistics make these free events crucial, as awareness of the disease and its risk factors in the US population is so low. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity for a free oral cancer screening.