According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. However, very little awareness is made about this form of cancer.
"Many people falsely believe that oral cancer is only associated with smoking and tobacco use,” Dr. Scott Westermeier, co-founder of Westermeier Martin Dental, said.
Doctors say hpv is behind a striking increase in cases among young people. Smokers and tobacco users are at a higher risk. But this can happen to those who hve never dipped or puffed. The disease typically affects people over 55.
Dentists usually check for the disease during your bi-annual cleaning.
Beloved Buffalo Bills Quarterback #12 Jim Kelly recently underwent surgery for a recurrence in his oral cancer. Westermeier Martin Dental Care is paying tribute to #12 Jim Kelly .
The Dental Care is offering free oral cancer screenings at 3500 Sheridan in Amherst and 950 Main Street in East Aurora, on Thursday, April 12th from 8am-5pm.
In fact, April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.