April is national Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a time when the health community spotlights a serious disease. As oral healthcare providers we are on the front lines of this issue during April and also during every other month throughout the year. We are in a unique position to perform head and neck exams and oral screenings that can help identify abnormalities in the mouth at the earliest stage — and help save lives.
According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 132 individuals each day in the United States alone. The good news is that it can often be found early through a quick and painless head and neck screening. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects from treatment are at their lowest. This is why our faculty, students, and residents place great care and emphasis on this screening during the oral diagnosis and treatment planning of each patient in all of our clinics.
The foundation has news, research, and other resources on its website. Additionally the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance has designated April 8 to 15 as Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Learn more about that initiative here.
Thank you for your dedication to helping people in our community lead healthy lives.