April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Have you been screened recently?
TLC Dental Care offers FREE oral cancer screenings throughout April on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment in support of Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is not a rare disease. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers. Nearly 50,000 new diagnoses are made in the United States each year, with the most prominent risk factor now exposure to the HPV16 virus, particularly among young people. Additional risk factors include alcohol and tobacco use, although oral cancer can affect even non-smokers and non-drinkers. But with early detection, survival rates are high, and the side effects of treatment are at their lowest.
What to Expect During Your Screening
Screenings take less than 10 minutes. During a screening, a clinician looks over the inside of the mouth to check for white patches or mouth sores, feels the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities, and uses the non-invasive light technology to screen for suspicious lesions. The screening via light technology may indicate mouth tissue changes that may not be visible under normal white light examination.
Early cancer diagnosis saves lives. If detected early, oral cancer has an 80% survival rate. The most effective way to manage oral cancer is to combine early diagnosis with timely and appropriate treatment.
To schedule your complimentary screening on a Tuesday or Thursday during April, please call 865-247-5570.