Oral Cancer Awareness

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Early Detection Saves Lives

In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Piney Creek Family Dentistry will be offering free oral cancer screenings for the month of April. We have added new technology to our practice, and will be integrating using a BioScreen Oral Examination Light to our Oral Cancer Screening protocol. Oral Cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 43,250 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 115 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

Who should get screened?

Every Adult. Adolescents as well. 

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, and the the other is through the exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus 16), which is the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:

Red and/or white discolorations of the soft tissues of the mouth

Any sore that does not heal within 14 days

Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time

Advanced Indicators:

A sensation that something is stuck in your throat

Numbness in the oral region

Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue

Difficulty in swallowing

Ear pain which occurs only on  one side

A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or the neck

An Oral Cancer Screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this FREE offer and get screened today. Call Piney Creek Family Dentistry to make an appointment.

For more information about oral cancer, Please log onto the Oral Cancer Foundations website at

~Piney Creek Family Dentistry Team