Michael Douglas recently battled oral cancer, but thankfully, he seems to have recovered quite well. Until hearing about his situation, many Americans hadn’t thought much about oral cancer. You might find these statistics quite startling:
- Oral cancer claims more than 8,000 Americans, that’s one person every hour of every day, each year.
- This year, approximately 37,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Half will live more than 5 years.
- Risk factors include smoking and drinking alcohol, but anyone can develop the condition.
- The dentist screens for oral cancer at checkups and could be your first line of defense against oral cancer.
The best defense against oral cancer is early detection and treatment. Continue reading “Do You Know the Signs of Oral Cancer?”