Today, July 27, marks World Head and Neck Cancer Day. This year, more than 650,000 people worldwide will be diagnosed. To raise awareness, Vigilant Biosciences, a developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, partnered with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, and Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer.
Vigilant Biosciences created an infographic with diagnosis and survival statistics. A portion of this infographic is seen below:
While the mortality statistics are disheartening at first glance, it’s important to hone in on early diagnosis, which can more than double a patient’s chances of survival to 90%.
In the expanded infographic, Vigilant Biosciences identifies key factors that raise a person’s risk for oral cancer. Chief among them are vapor/smoking/smokeless, alcohol use, exposure to HPV, and both smoking and drinking.
More education is needed, considering that 58% of U.S. consumers know little, or nothing at all, about oral cancer. Twenty-three percent of consumers say their dental professional spoke with them about risk factors for oral cancer at their last dental appointment, while just 37% of consumers reported being screened for oral cancer at their last dental appointment. These figures are not reflective of the vast majority of consumers who want to be screened. Eighty-three percent of respondents would like to be screened for oral cancer at every dental check up, and 86% of consumers want their dentist to help them learn ways to reduce their risk of getting oral cancer.
So, here’s an honest question to ask yourself today: Are you doing your part in patient education and prevention?
For more information, check out the full infographic on the Vigilant Biosciences website.