Every April the American Cancer Society shifts its focus to oral cancer and the importance of early detection. Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, gums, and other parts of the mouth.
The Society’s most recent estimates believe that in 2021 we will see about 54,010 new cases of oral cancer and 10,850 deaths related to this diagnosis. The below chart breaks down these estimates by gender and area of the mouth affected.
Courtesy of American Cancer Society Journals.
The following are only some associated risk factors that elevate the chance of getting oral cancer:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Periodontal Disease
To focus on oral cancer prevention, take care of your oral health and reduce (or quit!) smoking and drinking. In addition, early detection can save your life. It’s important that you visit our office on the schedule we’ve recommended so we can screen your mouth and tongue for the initial signs of oral cancer. This small effort can be the big difference in living a long and healthy life.
If you have any questions about oral cancer or concerns about your oral health, please call us at 828.631.3283 or request an appointment online.
David S. McGuire, DDS