When nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society set aside an entire month to raise awareness about a disease, it’s because there’s a great need for information among the general public—and there’s often the chance of significantly improving the statistics.
That’s the case with April’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month. And since we are talking about cancer cases that occur in the mouth, your dentist is often the medical professional who first detects oral cancer. First, let’s address the latest 2019 estimates by the American Cancer Society: About 53,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S. this year. An estimated 10,860 people will die due to these cancers in 2019. Both of these figures are up, from 2018’s numbers.