It added that approximately 42,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer each year in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, the majority are found as late stage cancers, which accounts for the very high death rate. However, the good news is that “a dentist or doctor can see or feel precancerous tissues changes or an early cancer, finding it at the most curable stages.”
“The early detection of oral cancer and prevention of the disease through regular oral cancer screenings and increased awareness through early detection practices can save lives,” the proclamation added.
To combat this cancer, dental clinics in the CNMI are working together to save lives by providing free oral cancer screening this month. Always make sure to have an oral cancer screening on every cleaning appt.