According to a recent survey released today from Vigilant Biosciences, in collaboration with the Oral Cancer Foundation, HNCA and SPOHNC, more than 60% of consumers know very little or nothing about oral cancer – a disease that nearly 50,000 people are diagnosed with in the US every year. What’s more – while 81% of people would like to be screened for oral cancer at every dental check-up, only 29% are.
Oral cancer rates in the U.S. are growing – partially among young, healthy adults – because of oral cancer caused by HPV, a common sexually transmitted disease, and a growing risk factor for oral cancer.
Most cases of oral cancer are found in the late stages, resulting in an extremely high death rate. That’s why Vigilant teamed with industry advocates to launch an awareness campaign for National Oral Cancer Awareness Month (April) and National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 2-9) to educate consumers on the risks for oral cancer and the importance of regular screening.
Some key findings:
Read the full release of information found in the study – click here.