FREE Oral Cancer Screenings at Bass River Dental
Early Detection Saves Lives
In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Bass River Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings on April 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 9am to 1pm.
Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the U.S. It kills one person every hour of every day, and approximately 132 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development through a simple, painless, and quick screening.
Who should get screened?
Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.
What are the risk factors?
There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long-term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papillomavirus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S., and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population is young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.
- Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth
- Any sore which does not heal within 14 days
- Hoarseness that lasts for a prolonged period
- A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
- Numbness in the oral region
- Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Ear pain which occurs on one side only
- A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal
- A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck
An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened at Bass River Dental during the month of April.
For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.oralcancer.org.