POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 9:19am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 9:51am
In an effort to raise awareness about oral cancer, the Cancer Center at Renaissance is offering free screenings for upper valley residents. Even though oral cancer is 90 %curable it still has the worst five year survival rate amongst cancers.
Several dentists and hygienists in the upper valley want to make sure people are aware of the dangers of the cancer. Some of the risks include tobacco use, alcohol use and prolonged exposure to the sun.
Officials say early detection is the best indicator to cancer survival..
The free oral cancer screenings will take place at the Cancer Center at Renaissance, located at 2717 Michael Angelo, in Edinburg, Texas on October 1, 2011 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. The screening takes only 10-15 minutes and is comOral cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States, with more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Because it is usually not diagnosed in its early stages, it has the worst five-year survival rate of all the major cancers, accounting for 8,000 deaths annually. If caught early, through screenings, oral cancer is almost 90 percent curable.
Since 2001, TAGD dentists have screened over 3,500 people at oral cancer screening events and nearly six percent of those screened have been referred to a dentist with suspicious lesions.
Risk factors include tobacco use, alcohol use and prolonged exposure to the sun. Despite these factors, everyone is at risk. More than 25 percent of oral cancers occur with no risk factors.
In addition to the screenings, the Jack T. Clark Foundation will promote a new mission “To support the oral health of all Texans affected by cancer through education, access to appropriate oral health care and collaborative research.”