The leading cause of oral cancer is tobacco use, which includes smoking cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, as well as chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use is the second leading cause of oral cancer.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to consider these facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation:
- 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year
- More than one death per hour, every day, is caused by oral cancer
- Only 57% of those diagnosed with oral cancer survive longer than five years
9,750 people die from oral cancer every year, a fact made more disturbing by the ease at which this disease can typically be avoided. Steps you can take today include:
- Quit using tobacco
- Reduce your intake of alcohol
- Use sunscreen on your lips
- Visit our office biannually for cleanings and examinations
Twice-yearly office visits allow Buffalo dentist Dr. Larry Evola to detect early signs of oral cancer. Early detection allows for the removal of cancer before it has time to spread, improving the chances of remission.
During your routine visits to our office, we examine the oral cavity for any irregularities. Early warning signs of oral cancer, such as red or white patches in the mouth, can be detected without any special screening. Additional early warning signs include chronic hoarseness, facial swelling, and sudden tooth shifting. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is essential that you schedule an examination right away to determine if oral cancer is the cause.
To schedule your next appointment at our Depew, New York office, please call 716-656-8686 today. Forestream Dental welcomes patients from Buffalo, Lancaster, and all surrounding areas.