April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month! Stonehaven Dental wants to help promote awareness and education of oral cancer, and to help with early detection through oral cancer screenings.
Oral cancer is typically thought to be caused by smoking and tobacco use, but there are many other causes that are often ignored. There is a growing number of young adults that have been diagnosed with oral cancer, due to human papilloma virus (HPV). According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, close to 45,750 people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
“Most people think of oral cancer as a disease people get later in life after many years of using tobacco products. That is not the case anymore. Typically, your General Practitioner does not check for signs of oral cancer, unless you ask him/her to. As dentists, we are trained to look for the signs of oral cancer and to use early detection tactics. We are seeing a trend of young people being diagnosed with this terrible disease. Early detection is key.” Dr. Nate Tobler, DMD
To schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening at any Stonehaven Dental location, call (801)-701-9799.