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Posted on 10-06-2017

The only thing worse than a cancer diagnosis is a late-stage cancer diagnosis. Oral cancer is one cancer that when caught early enough has a significantly improved survival rate. That's why we screen for oral cancer at every checkup. It's just one of the things that we do for our patients, but did you know that there is also something you can do yourself?

Along with regular dental appointments, understanding and minimizing your risks is the number one thing you can do to prevent cancer. Two of the biggest risk factors - alcohol consumption and tobacco use - are also largely avoidable. Did you know that 70% of people with oral cancer are also heavy drinkers? And when you use tobacco products in any form you are many times more likely to suffer from oral cancer than if you don't use tobacco. What's worse is that your chances of oral cancer increase by as much as 100 times if you both use tobacco and drink heavily.

The good news? When you quit smoking, we can help repair your dull, discolored, or damaged smile... right after your oral cancer check.

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