Oral Cancer Risk
Oral cancer is a global challenge with more than 744,000 new cases and nearly 365,000 deaths each year. It is projected that in the next 20 years, oral cancer will be the 3rd most prevalent cancer among men in the U.S.
Anyone can get oral cancer, which includes
cancer of the mouth, lip and throat.
Certain factors can substantially increase your risk:
Smoking Tobacco/ Smokeless Tobacco
10x Increased Risk
Age and Gender
3x Patients over 50
2x Men vs Women
5x-30x Increased Risk
Up to 80% of people will be exposed to the virus
Other Potential Risk Factors:
Second hand smoke (SHS)
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Oral lichen planus
Be Aware. Be Informed. BeVigilant.TM
Potential Mouth and Throat Cancer Symptoms:
Changes in voice or speech
Sore in mouth greater than 3 weeks (painful/non-painful)
Lump in neck
Lump in mouth or throat
Sense of something stuck in throat
Poorly fitting dentures/problems with teeth
The Importance of Testing Now
Oral cancer is too-often detected in the late stages, when treatment is difficult.
Early diagnosis can double your chances of survival.
Worldwide, 5-year survival rates are only 50% due to delayed intervention.*
Earlier detection (stage I and II), however yields survival rates up to 80%-90%.*
Early detection and intervention are critical, and now it is easier than ever.
One simple conversation with your doctor and a less than 15-minute test can
save your life!
Access this guide to understanding your risk for oral cancer to learn more about risk factors and recognizing symptoms.