[email protected]Pearson BenefitsApril 2017
The April Oral Cancer Awareness campaign encourages us to be more aware of this disease that approximately 50,000 people in the US were newly diagnosed with in 2016, and stresses the need for screenings.
Did you know?
DID YOU KNOW?
The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which we hear about routinely such as cervical, testicular and thyroid cancers.
While oral cancer most often occurs in people over the age of 40, it is recommended that screening begin around age 18.
Screening for oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer may be done during a routine check-up by a dentist or medical doctor. The exam will include looking for lesions which may become cancerous.
Front of the mouth oral cancers, usually related to tobacco use, heavy alcohol consumption or a genetic predisposition in a small number of cases, often produce visible pre-cancerous tissue changes that can be seen with the naked eye.
Take action
TAKE ACTION:
Insist upon, as part of your regular, preventive care dental visits, that a thorough, visual exam to look for any signs of oral cancer be done. Your medical doctor can also do a similar exam during your annual physical.
Stop smoking. Remember, your prescription coverage can help with the cost of smoking cessation medications your doctor might prescribe.
Use alcohol in moderation. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, alcohol abuse is the second largest risk factor for the development of oral cancer.
Find out how Consumer Medical Resources, (it’s free and you don’t have to be enrolled in a Pearson-sponsored medical plan to access the benefit) can provide support when dealing with a serious illness. This service can help you better understand your diagnosis, locate the best specialists/hospitals, and find second opinions.
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Sources:

American Dental Association; EatingWell.com; Mayo Clinic; National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research; Oral Cancer Foundation

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