According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Each year, more than 30,000 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx are diagnosed and over 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer occur.” Oral Cancer Screening is an examination performed by a dentist or a doctor to look for signs of cancer or pre-cancer in your mouth. The goal of this screening is to find oral cancer at its earliest stage when it is most curable.
The risk factors for Oral Cancer include:
- Tobacco Use
- Drinking Alcohol
- Drinking and Smoking together
- Consuming Betel quid and gutka
- HPV Infection
- UV light
- Poor nutrition
- Weakened immune system
- Graft-versus-host disease
- Genetic syndromes
The Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health is organizing two oral cancer screenings during April 2016, National Oral Cancer Awareness Month, in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. More information about these events will be coming soon!
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