April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

oral cancer month

Oral cancer often goes unnoticed but is highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. At every dental exam, an oral cancer screening is performed on every patient. We at Queen City Dental Arts, are offering FREE enhanced oral cancer screenings at any appointment in April in order to bring an awareness to this disease.

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for oral and oropharyngeal cancers in the United States for 2021 are:

  • About 54,010 new cases of oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.
  • About 10,850 deaths from oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer.

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the:

  • tongue
  • tonsils and oropharynx
  • gums, floor of the mouth, and other parts of the mouth

The rest are found in the lips, the minor salivary glands (which often occur in the roof of the mouth), and other sites.

Just over 20% (1 in 5) of cases occur in patients younger than 55.

These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer is: about 1 in 60 (1.7%) for men and 1 in 140 (0.71%) for women.

Please visit Cancer Statistics Center for more information.