April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Dentists play a critical role in the prevention, detection and early intervention of cancers of the head and neck.

The American Cancer Society estimates the incidence of new oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers will exceed 54,000 this year. According to the CDC, human papillomavirus (HPV) is now associated with approximately 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer, surpassing the rate of cervical cancer in women.

To review the signs and symptoms, risk factors and screening questions to incorporate into the patient’s medical history form, or to learn more about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, visit our Oral Cancer Awareness Month webpage for providers.

NYSDA also created a resource page for patients! Share nysdental.org/oralcancer with patients so they can learn signs and symptoms and the five risk factors for oral cancer.