This year, over 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. The most frequent instances of oral cancer occur in smokers over 50, though individuals who have contracted the human papilloma virus (HPV) are also at risk. Survival rates — normally around 64% — are dramatically improved with screening and early detection.
In fact, people have an 80-90% chance of surviving cancers that are found at early stages. Your dentist can conduct a non-invasive screening by visually inspecting the mouth and throat and conducting a gentle palpation of the neck.
Creating Smiles Dental Leads the Way with Early Detection
Dr. Brayer and the team at Creating Smiles Dental are committed to the fight against oral cancer. Both in her office and at Oral Cancer Foundation events, the Creating Smiles Dental team battles this disease by both increasing awareness and screening to help with early detection. “We do a complimentary noninvasive oral cancer screening on each of our patients and then educate them so they can continue to look for signs themselves. It is very rewarding to help save patients’ lives with early detection. These are the same screenings we will be doing at the race,” said Dr. Brayer.
Free Oral Cancer Screenings at the 2016 Oral Cancer Foundation 5K
As in past years, Creating Smiles will be offering free screenings at this year’s Oral Cancer Foundation 5k Walk/run for Awareness. Join us at Hurley Park in St. Pete Beach on Saturday, April 9th. Don’t miss this year’s event speaker, internationally-recognized storyteller Eva Grayzel, who was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. Eva’s inspiring account of hardships, courage, motherhood, and survivorship is beyond compare. She performed her story Off-Broadway, in Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer and wrote two children’s books, Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek and Mr. C the Globetrotter.
You Can Help!
Sign up here to walk or run and contribute to this important cause, and don’t forget to stop by our booth for a free screening, raffles, and other goodies. We are so proud to support the Oral Cancer Foundation in the lifesaving work they do through research, education, and advocacy.