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April is oral cancer awareness month.  It's a cancer that recently was thrust back into the public conversation after Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly announced he had a relapse of his oral cancer.

Michael Douglas had a very public battle over his type of oral cancer, called oropharygeal, it affects the back of the mouth and throat.  This type of cancer which is linked to the HPV virus is on the rise.  

The facts are oral cancer are jarring but also show early detection saves lives. 

  • One person dies every hour from oral cancer
  • 100 people eat day in the United States alone will be diagnosed
  • 640,000 cases annually worldwide
  • When found early, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate
  • If detected late, 50% mortality rate
  • 40% diagnosed will die within 5 years

Symptoms from oral cancer can include bleeding sores in the mouth that won't heal and last for more than two weeks.

Hoarseness in your voice, and swelling in the neck area that also last for two weeks.

A trip to your dentists office could be your first line of defense in getting an early detection of oral cancer.

FOX 26 morning news contributor, Dr. Terri Alani talked about a simple test you should make sure you ask for during your next check up.

 

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