April Blooms; Oral Cancer Awareness Month

I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday and enjoyed our first weekend of April. It is a beautiful time of year with all of the spring flowers in bloom throughout the Bay Area.  A good reminder of how our hope blooms as we take steps to reach new milestones such as vaccination of over 4 million people across the country in a single day and averaging 3 million vaccines a day over the previous week.

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Did you know that April has a designation related to health? It is recognized nationally as Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Foundation offers educational resources online to help the public better understand oral cancer. Learn more here.

According to the foundation, nearly 54,000 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2021. 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.

In addition, the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance has designated April 11-17 as Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Learn more here

As oral healthcare providers, we are on the front lines of helping to identify many types of conditions and diseases, including oral cancer. In April and during every other month of the year, we are in a unique position to perform screenings and educate our patients in order to help people lead healthy lives.  Thank you for continuing to maintain high standards and compliance with providing thorough oral and head and neck cancer screenings for each of our patients.

On Mondays we share key campus tracking metrics to keep our community informed. Attached are the dashboards of activity and COVID-19 testing at campus for last week.

I will end my message today with a great quote shared with me by Pedrom Mashaw from the DDS Class of 2022 on service to others.

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." –Booker T. Washington