The Oral Cancer Foundation has declared April to be Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral cancer each year, and on average one person dies every hour from the disease. Fortunately, oral cancer is treatable if detected early, which is why oral cancer screenings can be so important.
At the dental practice of Dr. Pamela Marzban, we offer oral cancer screenings to people undergoing dental exams. Oral cancer often doesn’t exhibit symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage, so it’s important to get screened, especially if you have one or more risk factors for oral cancer.
The people who are most likely to contract oral cancer are:
- Over 40 years old
- Tobacco users
- Heavy drinkers
- From families with a history of cancer
However, people falling into these categories are not the only ones at risk for the disease. Oral cancer is deadly primarily because it is not diagnosed until it has entered advanced stages. If you make sure to get screened for cancer, you greatly increase the chances of early detection and treatment, improving the odds of a full recovery.
The dental professionals at Dr. Pamela Marzban’s practice can screen for cancer, but we need your help to spread awareness of it. Tell your friends that early detection is critical in treating oral cancer, and then set up a time for your screening by calling 703-323-8200 or filling out a form on this webpage. Dr. Marzban’s office serves clients in Fairfax Station, Fairfax, Burke, and the surrounding Washington D.C. area.