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Oral Cancer Facts: Screenings in Farmington NM

Girl wants to prevent mouth cancer with an oral cancer screening in Farmington, near Bloomfield NM.At Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM, we want to see our patients twice a year. We look closely at the health of teeth and gums, but we do more than that: we also screen for any sign of oral cancer.

You don’t need to be told that cancer is a serious business. Some fifty thousand Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and of those, about a fifth of them will die. They occur twice as often in men as in women. If there’s any good news, it’s that the death rate for oral cancer has been declining over the last thirty years.

If you’re tempted to skip your dental checkups because you don’t believe you have any cavities, think twice.

Here are some important facts about oral cancer:

  1. About 80% of people with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  2. 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  3. In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be examined by a dentist or doctor.
  4. HPV (the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the numerous strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  5. Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

Early detection is the key to beating oral cancer, and a screening from Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington NM will give you the peace of mind you deserve. We also provide family and restorative dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Family Dentistry, Oral Health, Restorative Dentistry
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Sundance Dental Care of Bloomfield
100 S 1st St
Bloomfield, NM 87413
Call: 505-632-3344

Sundance Dental Care of Farmington
6588 E Main St
Farmington, NM 87402
Call: 505-326-6800

Sundance Dental Care of Rio Rancho
770 Broadmoor Blvd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Call: 505-891-0554

Sundance Dental Care of Grants
920 Lobo Canyon Rd Ste 6
Grants, NM 87020
Call: 505-972-3000

Sundance Dental Care of Gallup
1601 S 2nd St
Gallup, NM 87301
Call: 505-722-4422

Sundance Orthodontics
3903 Beckland Dr. Suite A
Farmington, NM 87402
Call: 505-436-2727

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