Friday, April 12, 2013

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

You can read more, make donations and find related information at The Oral Cancer Foundation Site

Oral cancer, it is estimated will be found in over 40,000 people this year.   It is also estimated that 8,000 will die from it this year as well.   That equates to 1 death every hour.

It appears that there is evidence that smokeless chewing tobacco is a contributing factor to oral cancer.    Of course, that doesn't mean that you cannot get it just because you don't chew.

HPV also appears to be a contributing factor.  This is the reason that more oral cancers are being found in people under 40 while historically a person was generally over 40.

Everything we do carries a risk.   I remember our cadaver in Gross Anatomy from about 16 years ago.  The guy had been a long-time smoker.   His lungs were charcoal black all the way through from outside to inside.

Normal lungs would be pink,  similar to the color of your lips.

So, if smoking can do that to your lungs, you can imagine what kind of problems it might cause.  Oral cancer might be one of them.

Tip:  Smoking can Kill.   

I'm glad that they are raising awareness about Oral Cancer This Month.    I hope people pay attention.


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