Get Mouthy! Speak Up About Oral Cancer

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Delta Dental invites you to “Get Mouthy!” this April in recognition of National Oral Cancer Awareness Month.

Oral cancer can affect everyone, regardless of age. That’s why Delta Dental is working with key partners to raise awareness of oral cancer and promote the importance of regular screenings.

Delta Dental has teamed up with Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center to produce a series of videos that discuss oral cancer and key topics such as prevention, education and oral cancer’s effect on today’s youth.

Plus, Delta Dental and Lansing Community College’s dental hygiene program will host a free event April 23 that includes free oral cancer screenings.

Speak Up About Oral Cancer

Presented by the Delta Dental Foundation

Lansing Community College Oral Cancer EventApril 23, 2018
Lansing Community College, Gannon Building
422. N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933
Drop-in 1 to 2 p.m.

Join Delta Dental April 23 at Lansing Community College (LCC) as we partner with the LCC dental hygiene program to provide free oral health screenings, food, fun games and an opportunity to win cool prizes.

Register for Speak Up About Oral Cancer on our Facebook page now!

 

What you need to know about oral cancer

Learn everything you need to know about oral cancer in this video from Delta Dental and Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center.  The video features Dr. Jeff Johnston, vice president and chief science officer for Delta Dental of Michigan, and Dr. Muhammad Hamdan, who practices hematology and oncology at Sparrow Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. 

Startling statistics

49,670
new cases of oral and throat cancer were diagnosed in 20171
65%
of those diagnosed will survive 5 years or more1
Oral cancer is
2x
more common in men2
$3.2 billion
is spent annually in the U.S. on treatment of head and neck cancers3

What to look for

  • Mouth sores that last longer than two weeks
  • Swelling, growths or lumps anywhere in or near your mouth or neck
  • White or red patches in your mouth or on your lips
  • Repeated bleeding from the mouth or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing or persistent hoarseness

If you notice any of the symptoms above, call your dentist to make an appointment for an oral cancer screening.

1 National Cancer Institute, “Cancer Stat Facts: Oral cavity and Pharynx Cancer,” web.
2 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, “2016 Oral Cancer Fact Sheet.”
3 The Oral Cancer Foundation, “Oral Cancer Facts,” web.


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