April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April is oral cancer awareness month. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 43,250 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Close to half (43%) of those diagnosed will not be alive in 5 years. As OCF states, “Historically the death rate associated with this cancer is particularly high not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development.” That means that almost half of the people diagnosed don’t find it early enough because they aren’t getting to the dentist.
In its early stages, oral cancer often goes unnoticed by the patient because it does not cause any ...