Oral Cancer Awareness Month is quickly drawing to a close
With that in mind, we have a quick question to ask you – did you set aside five minutes this month?
We’re not trying to make you feel guilty or condemned, but you’ve practically had the whole month!
If your response is, “Five minutes for what?” then sadly, we know that answer was no. But being the eternal optimists that we are, we’re still going to attempt to convince you to come by our offices for an oral cancer screening. A thorough, simple and painless screening only takes around five minutes.
In addition to being fast, this screening can also be a lifesaver, especially considering oral cancer is often as sneaky as it is lethal. While oral cancer can present with a number of different warning signs (see some of the more common symptoms below), unfortunately that isn’t always the case. It sometimes can go undetected until after the cancer has metastasized to another location.
That’s why we’re pressing you for around five minutes of your time.
The time to screen is now
Knowledge is life-saving power, and this is an affliction that you definitely want to catch early on. For those detecting it early, oral cancer can have an 80-to-90-percent survival rate. In addition, the side effects from the treatment will be the mildest.
Again, we’re talking about a five-minute test. And it doesn’t even hurt!
So, we’ve got to ask…what are you waiting for?
But I don’t drink heavily or use tobacco
First off – we’re very happy to hear that. You’re avoiding a laundry list of potential health problems by making some very wise choices.
Second – get the screening anyway!
While alcohol and tobacco use are indeed traditional oral cancer risk factors, abstaining from both doesn’t ensure you’ll stay oral-cancer free. Due largely to the spread of the HPV 16 virus, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients today are young and healthy nonsmokers.
If that didn’t grab your attention, consider statistically this is a fairly common form of cancer — approximately 48,250 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually in the US, and one person dies from oral cancer every hour.
We just know you can spare five minutes. Call our office or go online to request an oral cancer screening. After all, just five simple, painless minutes could save your life.