April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral Cancer awareness in the American public is low. Approximately 49,750 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Every day 132 new people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with an oral cancer, and that one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it

While smoking and tobacco use are still major risk factors, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus. We cannot stop this virus from spreading; our only hope to save lives by performing oral cancer screenings on every patient, every time they are in our office.  

As a commitment to our patients and our community Dr. Henley serves as member of the Head and Neck Tumor Board at Baptist MD Anderson.  The tumor board is a multi-specialty group that works together using the latest in dentistry and medicine to ensure that patients have the best possible outcomes.

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