In recognition of National Oral Cancer Awareness month in April, Enamel Dental Studio will be providing complimentary oral cancer screenings at its West Loop location for the entire month.
Those who participate will receive a free screening and consultation with Enamel dentist, David Choi, DDS.
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate associated with this cancer is high, not because it is hard to discover or diagnose, but due to the cancer being routinely discovered late in its development. Oral cancer may be difficult to notice by the patient in its early stages because it can prosper without producing pain or recognizable symptoms.
“Oral cancer is treatable, and early detection is the key to a good prognosis,” Dr. Choi said. “Patients should get a screening at least once every year. During this important month, it is our goal to increase awareness of oral cancer while encouraging people to discuss symptoms with their dentists and hygienists.”
The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers we routinely hear about such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and endocrine system cancers including thyroid cancer. And there hasn’t been a significant reduction in incidences of oral cancer in decades.
“The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers we routinely hear about such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and endocrine system cancers including thyroid cancer.”
Oral Cancer Facts
- Oral cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States.
- Close to 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.
- Of those 50,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in five years.
- Oral cancer will cause over 9,750 deaths, killing roughly one person per hour.
- Oral cancer risk factors include tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, and persistent viral infections such as HPV.
Patients interested in a free screening and consultation can set an appointment by calling Enamel Dental Studio at (312) 586-2900. Walk-ins are welcome on Thursdays from 10AM to 5PM.