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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month in the United States – at Burns Family Dentistry, an oral cancer screening is part of your periodic or comprehensive new patient exam.  We do our best to serve as a first line of defense against oral cancer by incorporating this into your exam and by informing/referring patients for further evaluation by a specialist if any suspicious areas are located.

In addition, the Oral Cancer Foundation recently launched the Check Your Mouth™ initiative (checkyourmouth.org), which is encouraging the public to regularly check for signs and symptoms of oral cancer between dental visits, and to see a dental professional if they do not improve or disappear after two–three weeks. We encourage all patients to be aware of this
important program and to call us to schedule an appointment if you have any current concerns.

Early detection is KEY – Together, we can have a powerful impact in fighting this disease.   

More information is available at oralcancerfoundation.org. /df