Greenville, SC (April 12, 2021) – Nearly 54,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year, and as the disruptions of care in 2020 continue into 2021 so will late-stage diagnoses and deaths. In fact, in South Carolina, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 1000 cases of cancer involving the oral cavity and pharynx this year and 210 deaths.
In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, the doctors at Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery are launching their new initiative, Always April, to remind the community that regular screenings by an oral health professional remain the best method to detect oral cancer in its early stages.
The practice is encouraging the community to not become another statistic by starting a conversation about oral cancer and to sign up to receive a screening on April 26th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at their Greenville office. Residents interested in scheduling an appointment can do so today by visiting Carolinas’ website. Program updates will be posted on the practice’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
The Always April initiative is a national partnership of oral surgery practices across the country that strives to bring oral cancer awareness to a year-round discussion. Experts say the death rate for oral and throat cancer has continued to remain high due to its often late detection.
Oral cancer is rising in women, young people and non-smokers.
At least 25% of oral cancer victims have no known risk factors.
Oral cancer kills about as many Americans as melanoma and twice as many as cervical cancer.
Oral cancer is one of the most common, yet most preventable, cancers. When detected early, the 5-year relative survival rate is approximately 81%.
Oral cancer is a global challenge with more than 657,000 cases and nearly 330,000 deaths each year.
Health officials say several factors can increase the risk of oral cancer including alcohol abuse, tobacco use, sun exposure, poor diet, and transmitting HPV. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons suggests if you have risk factors it is important to perform self-examinations regularly and see your oral and maxillofacial surgeon or dentist for annual oral cancer screenings.
Oral cancer screenings are simple and require no preparation from the patient. During a routine visit, a professional will look at the inside of your mouth to check for red or white patches or mouth sores. They will also feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities. They may also examine your throat and neck for lumps.
About Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery
Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery offers a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery services from wisdom teeth removal and dental implants to jaw realignment and cosmetic surgery. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists has provided their expertise to online resources like Dentaly, SingleCare, LiveStrong and SheFinds and have been featured in U.S. News & World Report.
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