April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that your dentist and dental hygienist are often the first line of defense against oral cancer? --- That’s right, your routine dental appointments can provide early detection for oral cancer.   Did you know that in the U.S. alone, 42,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year?  This is a staggering number considering that public awareness of oral cancer is still quite low.   Throughout the past 5 years, more and more individuals are being screened for this potentially treatable cancer, especially if caught early enough. 

So, you might be asking yourself, “What are the risk factors for oral cancer?”---Well, although smoking and tobacco use are the major risk factors, they are not the only ones. Studies show, the fastest growing segment of people diagnosed with oral cancer are young, nonsmoking individuals affected by the HPV virus.  Despite great strides with medical advances throughout the years, the medical community cannot stop this virus from spreading as of yet.  This is why it is so important to visit your dental hygienists and dentists on a routine basis.


This month, Dr. Morse and the rest of our Team are participating in the campaign to end oral cancer.  Our Team wants to raise our community’s awareness that early detection of oral cancer can save lives.    Therefore, one of our highly skilled hygienists, Aspen, will be offering FREE oral cancer screenings to ANYONE who wants one on Monday, April 29th.  If you are interested in scheduling your FREE oral cancer screening, all you need to do is call our office at 303-279-6929. Please call us today…you will be so glad you did!

 

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