Rita Tempel

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.

Dr. Rita Tempel is the owner and founder of Gettysburg Smiles, a cosmetic and family dental practice located at 2018 York Road (Route 30 East), Gettysburg. She is an Accreditation Candidate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist. See GettysburgSmiles.com, follow Gettysburg Smiles on Facebook, or call 717-339-0033.

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