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.
With some 50,000 people newly diagnosed with some form of oral cancer every year and around 24 people dying of oral cancer in the US every day (one every hour of the day), it should be obvious why oral cancer awareness and prevention are important concerns.
Oral and dental health easily ranks among the most important areas of your overall health you need to constantly monitor and care for. And yet, oral health is often neglected, both because of an aversion to seeing the dentist and because of the seeming tediousness of upholding good home oral hygiene practices on a continual basis.
Keeping up good oral health can reduce your risks of a wide variety of dental and periodontal problems, but it may or may not prevent oral cancer.
Oral cancer, like other cancers, is a life threatening conditions. It needs to be caught as early as possible to maximize the chances of successful treatment. Treatment is by surgical removal of affected tissues, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy.
Maintaining good oral health is key not only for your teeth and gums but also for your overall health, as infections and bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to heart problems, inflammations, out of control diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.