Over 50,000 people are newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer each year, be it throat cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil, mouth, oropharynx (back of mouth), or lip cancer.
No one wants to think about the possibility of being diagnosed with some form of oral cancer, but the fact is, this kind of cancer afflicts thousands of Americans every single year. When caught early, it can usually be treated, but when caught late, it has a precariously low survival rate - a great reason to invest in annual oral cancer screening at your local periodontist office.
There's no way to predict for sure whom or when any of the various forms of oral cancer might strike. That’s why it makes sense for everyone to get an annual oral cancer screening exam and to schedule a special exam if he or she notices any suspicious symptoms.
"Oral cancer" is a somewhat conglomerate term, taking under its broad umbrella of meaning cancer of the throat, tonsils, tongue, mouth, and lips. Nor is it true that all oral cancers stem from the same cause. For example, lip cancer is often connected with excessive exposure to the sun's UV rays, while smoking, drinking alcohol, poor oral health, hereditary factors, and more account for the likely causes of other forms of oral cancer.
With around 50,000 people newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer per year, and some 10,000 succumbing to oral cancer annually, it's important for everyone to get a regular oral cancer screening.