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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

 

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THIS YEAR ALONE, 37,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer. 40% of those diagnosed won’t live another five years. In fact oral cancer kills as many people as melanoma and is more common than leukemia. Oral cancer has such a dismal survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression.  April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re encouraging everyone to get screened this year during their regularly scheduled checkups.

 Every time you visit our office either for the first time or a check-up Dr. Reilly does a comprehensive oral cancer screening. Dr. Reilly and his team believe strongly that early detection is vital and the best way to help reduce the alarming numbers of new cases.

Early oral cancer detection can boost survival rates to 80–90 percent! One of the reasons oral cancer goes undetected is because many of the symptoms are not painful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please let us know right away:

  • A lump or thickening of your cheek
  • A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  • A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Numbness inside your mouth
  • Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Jaw swelling

 

The Best Offense Is a Good Defense

Keep regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and screenings. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. It’s worth it.

We want to keep you and your loved ones as healthy and happy as possible.  If you haven’t scheduled your check-up this year, please call us now and make an appointment. (732) 356-9120

Let us know if you have questions about oral cancer or any of the symptoms mentioned above, and share this information with someone you love!