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Shining a Light on Oral Cancer: April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

As we transition into April, it’s more than just a change in seasons – it’s a time to raise awareness about a serious yet often overlooked issue: oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and at Michael Gillespie Family Dentistry, we are committed to shedding light on this important topic that affects thousands of lives each year. Oral cancer can manifest in the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment, making regular oral cancer screenings an essential part of your preventive dental care.
  1. Understanding the Risk Factors: It’s essential to be aware of the risk factors associated with oral cancer, including tobacco and alcohol use, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, prolonged sun exposure, and a family history of cancer. Being informed empowers you to make lifestyle choices that can mitigate these risks.
  2. Signs and Symptoms: Regular self-checks and awareness of common signs and symptoms, such as persistent mouth sores, lumps, red or white patches, and difficulty swallowing or speaking, are crucial. If you notice anything unusual, don’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of our dental professionals.
  3. The Importance of Screenings: Our team encourages all patients to include oral cancer screenings as part of their routine dental check-ups. These screenings are quick, painless, and can save lives by detecting potential issues in their early stages when treatment is most effective.
This April, let’s join hands to spread awareness about oral cancer. Schedule your dental check-up at Michael Gillespie Family Dentistry to ensure your oral health is in top-notch condition, and together, let’s strive for a future where early detection leads to successful treatment outcomes. Your commitment to regular check-ups could be a life-saving decision.
Dr. Michael Gillespie has practiced dentistry in Waynesville, NC for 30 years. His award-winning team has the experience and skills to treat all your dental needs.
Michael D. Gillespie, DDS

Michael D. Gillespie, DDS