Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, with nearly 53,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed this year. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day.
A recent and rapid rise in cases of oropharyngeal cancer has been linked to infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because it can go unnoticed in its preliminary stages. In many cases, however, dentists can detect the disease early, which makes the dental community the first line of defense against oral cancer.
As dental health professionals, we have an opportunity and responsibility to play an active role in educating our patients and the public about oral cancer prevention and screening.
AGD Oral Cancer Resources
AGD has a library of information readily available for you to use or share with your patients. Here are just a few of the many resources:
Patient Fact Sheet:
Free on-demand webinars (for AGD members):