It may be April Fool’s Day, but there is no joking about Oral Cancer, also known as America’s Silent Killer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Almost 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64%. Fortunately, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, mortality and treatment-related health problems are reduced.
Your mouth is one of your body’s most important early warning systems. In between your visits to The Havrilla Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants, it is important for you to be aware of the following signs and symptoms and to call us if they do not improve or disappear after two-three weeks:
When it comes to symptoms, keep this two-three week time period in mind, but always call us right away if you have any immediate concerns.