Get Mouthy! Speak Up About Oral Cancer

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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.

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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