Protect Your Health with an Oral Cancer Screening

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. It's an important time to raise awareness of the prevalence of oral cancer in the US, as well as informing people of the risk factors and prevention measures. These cancers commonly occur on the tongue, tonsils and oropharynx, as well as the gums, floor of the mouth, lips and salivary glands. According to their most recent statistics, the American Cancer Society says about 49,670 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer or oropharyngeal cancer this
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Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

April has been designated Oral Cancer Awareness Month by the Oral Cancer Foundation in order to raise awareness and promote screenings to increase early detection. More than 48,000 people die each year as the result of oral cancer. Early detection with oral cancer screenings in our Pittsburgh dental office can save lives. Oral cancer is more common among older adults, particularly men, but more than 9 out of ten oral cancer cases are associated with lifestyle choices and behaviors that can be
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Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed early. By knowing the risk factors associated with oral cancer, you can avoid putting yourself in jeopardy. The risk factors include: Tobacco: about 80% of people with oral cancer are tobacco users, and that risk increases the more you are exposed. Alcohol: about 70% of those diagnosed with oral cancer drink alcohol heavily. Users of both alcohol and tobacco are at a much higher risk then those who abstain from both. Men are twice
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The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

The early detection of oral cancer saves countless lives. Cancers detected at the earliest stages are the most easily and successfully treated. No one is in a better position to detect the earliest signs of oral cancer than a dentist using the latest oral cancer screening methods. It may be surprising that so many are at increased risk for oral cancer. While some lifestyle choices can put you at a higher risk, other contributing factors cannot be helped. Oral cancer is more likely in people
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