Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Free Oral Cancer Screenings

Alcohol, Tobacco & HPV16 Now Leading Causes of Oral Cancer

Early Detection of Oral Cancer Saves Lives; UCHC to Provide Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

HEALTH- Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 49,750 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the United States. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the disease “will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 49,750 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years.”  

The good news is that this can be prevented. Through a simple, painless and quick screening oral cancer can often be found early in its development and treated.

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer; one is through the use of tobacco and alcohol. The other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. Coincidentally, the quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Who should get screened?
• Adults ages 30 to 50; considered high-risk populations 
• Those who are regular users of alcohol and tobacco
• Those who have been diagnosed with or may have been exposed to the HPV16 virus (a strain of the human papilloma virus)

What are some early indicators?
• Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth 
• Any sore which does not heal within 14 days
• Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time

With early detection, oral cancer survival rates are high. Like other preventative safeguards you engage in when testing for cervical, skin, prostate, colon and/or breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages and it is vastly recommended that individuals make the screening part of an annual health check-up.

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month UCHC is offering free oral cancer screening events during the week of April 17-22 from 9am-5pm.

Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

260 E 188th St., Bronx, New York 10458

2021 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10453

2101 Quarry Rd. Bronx, New York 10457

For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at www.oralcancer.org  or call any one of UCHC’s dental sites located in the Bronx. 

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